Snapper, sharks and sun!

It’s that time of year again… the sun has decided to come out of hibernation and everyone’s eye has turned to the BIG REDS! We love snapper and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as catching your own fresh fish for a seafood dinner, especially when they fight as hard as the snapper do!

Snapper fishing charter Melbourne

A nice Bass Strait snapper early season 2014!

Fishing trips from here on in really begin to fire so it’s a good time to arrange your end of year charters and get togethers to make sure your preferred dates are secured. I only take up to 6 people to make sure everyone gets plenty of fishing space and gets looked after, so spots are limited and booking is essential.

But it’s not only snapper that’s exciting fishing at the moment. As well as snapper we’ve been going well on the gummies and the whiting are looking up at last, plus flathead are getting bigger as well. We are pretty lucky down here in southern Port Phillip Bay with the variety of catch available to us. Over the last week we’ve caught snapper, gummy shark, calamari, a few varieties of decent flathead (blue-spot and yank flathead), King George Whiting, slimy mackerel (Omega-3 anyone?), red mullet aka goatfish or ‘Baboonia’ as our Greek friends call it and a few others.

Read on for some more photos and some videos of fish being landed over the last few weeks.

Want to come on a fishing trip? Book via our contact form HERE or call me on 0488229752. Now’s the time to organise your small business end of year trips, gift vouchers for Christmas presents and your individual trip bookings for the summer season.

Gummy shark caught aboard Joe Farr Fishing Charters Sorrento

Bass Strait gummy shark caught by customer Jean – well done Jean!

Here’s the end of Jean’s battle, with some smooth netting by our deckhand. Nice fishing Jean, well done.

We always seem to do well, but I guess that comes down to knowing what’s biting and how to best target it and then working HARD to put you on the fish! If you have your own boat and are wanting to know how best to target a certain species of fish then I’d recommend jumping on board for a charter. You’d be surprised how much skill you pick up just by being around other fishermen, let alone the pros. Our small numbers mean that you have me as your own personal fishing guide and I’m happy to share info to help you get onto fish when you are out on your own, minus the mess of cleaning the boat and the fish!

Here’s a quick snippet of a customer landing a nice Bass Strait snapper the other day:

Gummy shark caught aboard gummy shark fishing trip on Joe Farr Fishing Charters off Sorrento

Customer Mark with one of a few gummy shark from their family trip

It’s been a while since my last proper post… a lot has been going on! We went for a visit to the USA to see family for a month, but of course I managed to get a bit of fishing in there as well…

Joe Farr with a sockeye salmon caught in the USA

Still managed to get a fish in while O/S!

Plus I’ve been out every day since I got back (I suffer fishing withdrawals when I’m not!) and I’m glad to be able to get my customers onto a good variety once again after a combination of fairly bland fishing and weather has kept us from bagging out on much lately.

We see some pretty interesting stuff every time we get out on the water – here’s a few of the locals to Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait that pop up on our fishing charters sometimes. Say hello to this handsome fella;

The unique fish the stargazer aboard Joe Farr Fishing Charters

The devilishly handsome stargazer, otherwise known as monkfish. Pretty cool!

You can tell a lot about what to use for bait by looking at what the fish you’ve caught has eaten recently. Check out what we found in the belly of a flathead last week;

Mantis shrimp from the belly of a Port Phillip Bay flathead, partially digested

We’ve I.D.ed this flathead dinner as a mantis shrimp… well, part of one anyway.

Don’t forget to book your end of year summer fishing trips to secure your spot. We also do GIFT CERTIFICATES which make stellar Christmas presents! If you get in early enough we’ll send through a nice hard copy. Book via our contact email form here or call me on 0488 229 752. If I’m not answering I’m out on the water so be sure to leave a message and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Looking forward to getting you out there! Best place in the world.

Tight lines,


JOE FARR FISHING CHARTERS is a professional bay and ocean fishing charter exclusively for small groups. Joe Farr Fishing Charters operates in Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait & takes charters in the Rip around Port Phillip Heads. Joe Farr Fishing Charters departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, about an hour south of Melbourne Victoria. Also available for non-fishing boat charter. Bookings essential on 0488229752 or contact Joe online here.




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