Target Fish Snapper (Pagrus Auratus)
Time on water Approximately 5 hrs
Time of year October – January
Time of week 7 days a week
Departure Times 5am, 10am, 3pm
Departure Point Patterson Lakes Boat Ramp, 1 Launching Way, Carrum, Melbourne
Price Range $165 per person
Boat Capacity Max 10 people
Best deals Early October and mid week Tues – Thurs
All our fishing charters require you to obtain a Victorian Fishing License. More information is provided here: service.vic.gov.au
The best time to catch this fish is at the end of the year – between October and January. This is when the water temperature warms up in the bay enough to draw the Snapper in from the Bass Strait. We run 3 charters in Port Phillip Bay daily, 7 days a week during the season so it doesn’t matter whether your a morning or night person. Note: the departure times below will vary a little depending on tides, so use it as a rough guide only.
Port Phillip Bay is the body of water that surrounds Melbourne to the south. You can catch Snapper all along the coast of Australia but they tend to venture close into the Port Phillip Bay with the onset of the warmer water flowing into the bay typically mid to late October.
The bay is quite large and varies in depth. However, we’ve been fishing and running charters for over 30 years in and around Melbourne and know some secret spots, usually around some underwater ‘structure’ or natural sea bed formations which increase the chance of finding fish. Adding a burley trail will also increase your chances as Port Phillip Bay is quite a large area of water.
Our Snapper charters leave from Patterson’s lakes boat ramp at 1 Launching Way, Carrum, Melbourne, Victoria. See the Google map below. You best bet is to drive there and use the parking or get the train to Carrum station and walk a few blocks to the boat ramp. The boat ramp area is called “Launching Way”.
We are one of the original charter companies in Melbourne and owner Steve has been fishing all his life – Experience matters
We only take a maximum of 10 people and have lots of rods to go around.
Unlike some operators, we only run our snapper fishing charters when the fish are in high numbers i.e. we avoid running charters too early or too late to increase the chance of you actually catching something.
We like to be professional but also crack a joke (and a beer) to two to make sure you have a good time on the water.
We specifically target only Snapper on this charter although you can sometimes catch other species. They are a very good eating fish and can fight very hard. Typically you’ll catch anything from juvenile snapper called ‘pinkies’ through to your 0.8-1kg place sized fish (perfect for eating) through to trophy fish sized specimens around the 10-12kg mark.
Meeting Point: Patterson Lakes Boat Ramp, 1 Launching Way, Carrum, Melbourne. All the details will be discussed when your booking is confirmed.
Standard prices are $165pp. Always call to find out how our numbers are looking prior to your date of interest. If you let Steve know, we can add you to the standby list.
Groups & Entire Boat Booking
It’s $900 to book our entire boat for the charter (up to six people). The boat can accommodate a maximum of 10 people at $165pp.
It’s a half day charter of approximately 5 hours and we run these thrice daily. As we mentioned above, the times of departure vary depending on the tides. Contact us for an accurate idea of when this would be.
The boat, rods, reels and bait/burley are all supplied. You need to bring the following…
Drinks, food, appropriate clothing (always bring a jacket), sunglasses to protect from sun glare, personal esky (for your fish or drinks), sunscreen, fishing licence.
The best way to find out about our recent catches is to visit our Facebook Page which we update nearly every day and even during a charter tour live. Alternatively, just give Steve a ring and ask him how things are in the Bay. He generally doesn’t go out if the conditions are poor as it tends to not be very fun for everyone.