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Fishing with Joe Farr Fishing Charters - Melbourne

Joe Farr Fishing Charters targets what’s biting in Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait so that you’re sure to get the most out of your fishing trip! Some regular players are King George Whiting, Calamari/Squid, Snapper, Flathead, Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally, Garfish, Gummy Shark, Yellowtail Kingfish and Tuna.


Our half day bay and ocean fishing trips are perfect for small groups and individuals to make the most of their time on the water.

Departing early in the morning, Joe gets you out fishing for the dusky ‘glory hour’ which is the best fishing of the day, and you’re back before lunchtime with your cleaned & filleted fish in hand. Joe fishes these waters almost daily to ensure he knows what is biting best, which means his fishing clientele get to reap the benefits of his incredible knowledge and have a great time fishing. Bay fishing trips are often targeting King George whiting and calamari/squid, with other regular players including snapper, blue spot flathead, silver trevally, Australian salmon, garfish, gummy shark and occasionally reef fish if requested. Seasonal sport fishing  is available on request. 

About Bay and Ocean Fishing Trips: 

  • Public charters made up to 8 individuals
  • Private charters for small groups up to 8 individuals
  • Private charters for families with kids (8+ years)
  • All experience levels welcome
  • Take home catch or catch and release
  • Toilet on board
  • Fishing weather dependant and what’s biting best
A child smiles and reels in a whiting as someone holds the fishing rod so he can wind it. Is it a snapper, whiting or flathead? He will soon catch his very first fish!


Joe remembers that there was nothing that made him quite as proud as catching a fish with his grandpa as a little fella and being able to share it with his family that night at the dinner table.

Family fishing trips aboard Joe Farr Fishing Charters are:

  • catered to all ability levels
  • child friendly; the kids love Joe’s company and he is happy to teach them all about fishing in Port Phillip Bay
  • great fun for the whole family, a boat cruise on the water coupled with regional sightseeing and fishing
  • exclusive small group family fishing charters, meaning that your fishing trip will be family friendly (no bucks parties or heavy drinking!)
  • tasty! Joe fillets the catch for you so that you can quickly and easily enjoy it fresh for dinner that night!
  • an experience the family will share and remember together
  • a fantastic school holiday activity
  • a great way to experience Port Phillip Bay wildlife


Joe Farr Fishing Charters targets what’s biting in Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait so that you’re sure to get the most out of your fishing trip! Some regular players are King George Whiting, Calamari/Squid, Snapper, Blue Spot Flathead, Gummy Shark, Stripy Tuna, Silver Trevally, Garfish, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Yellowtail Kingfish and Reef Fish.

Our charters are:

  • Small group fishing trips of no more than 8 people
  • Exclusive corporate fishing charters and scenic tours
  • Family fishing trips – teach the kids to fish and show them Port Phillip Bay’s amazing wildlife!
  • Fishing trips with plenty of fishing space, and everyone gets to fish!
  • Individuals or small groups of up to 8 people in the bay or 6 in the ocean
  • Private boat bookings
  • Joe has extensive local knowledge and is happy to share – anyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced anglers looking to refine some skills.
  • Quality gear (rods, reels), bait and tackle provided
  • Clean toilet on board
  • Catch cleaned or filleted for you
  • Beginners to experienced fishermen
  • A perfect family activity for the school holidays – teach the kids to fish!
  • Great gift idea – gift vouchers available
  • 5 hour trips, longer trips available
  • Unparalleled corporate rewards experience
  • Unique kids birthday party idea
  • Personal charters including dignified ashes scatterings, unique weddings, photography sightseeing and Port Phillip Bay wildlife tours
  • Can also accommodate large groups – contact us to enquire

Trips are exclusive, with an 8 person maximum in Port Phillip Bay or a 6 person maximum for Bass Strait plus crew. We operate our fishing trips aboard ‘Seamphony’ our Steber28 modern, professional fishing charter boat. ‘Seamphony’ is also available to be booked outright, with Joe as your exclusive fishing guide and no other clients on board. Your half day fishing trip goes for 5-6 hours. Longer trips can be arranged.


We are arguably one of the best fishing charters in southern Port Phillip Bay for holiday makers and locals alike on the Mornington Peninsula. On our fishing trips with Joe Farr Fishing Charters Joe targets what’s biting best so that you are likely to take home a feed. Our fishing charters are still small enough to take small group fishing charters for regular fishermen who don’t want to battle with bigger groups for fishing space. It’s also perfect for couples fishing trips or small groups of friends who want to either learn to fish or just enjoy their fishing out on the waters of Port Phillip Bay!

We operate our fishing trips from Blairgowrie Marina, 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia, 3942 and weather permitting can drop off clients to pre-discussed locations including Sorrento Pier fishing trips boat drop off, Rye Pier fishing trips boat drop off, Queenscliff Harbour fishing trips boat drop off or pick ups, Rosebud Pier fishing trips boat drop offs and Portsea Pier fishing trips boat drop offs (swell permitting! Portsea Pier is now often too dangerous to access by boat for your fishing charter trip unless the weather and swell gods align). See Booking Information for a map of the area.

Sure do! We do ocean fishing trips in Bass Strait if the wind conditions in the Bay aren’t going to be comfortable or if we’re wanting to target different kinds of seasonal fish that don’t come into the Bay. People often mistakenly assume that ocean fishing means that we are going to catch more fish than we would in Port Phillip Bay, or bigger fish of the same species found inside the Bay. We prefer a good Bay fishing trip to an ocean fishing trip in this region any day but have the option to fish Bass Strait with up to 6 people if it is going to be more protected from wind than the Bay. ‘Seamphony’ has full 2C survey endorsement to safely take 6 passengers through the Rip out of Port Phillip Heads and into Bass Strait.



One of the most important things to do when coming fishing aboard a charter boat is to wear COVERED SHOES. Most fish have hidden spikes and sometimes when fish are first caught they can flop about in the bottom of the boat, so this one is pretty important.


Every charter passenger must have a Victorian fishing license to fish in Victoria unless they are younger than 18 years or over 70 years of age. Short and long term fishing licenses can be purchased online via the Department of Primary Industries here. If you do not have a fishing license then it is illegal to keep your bag limit of fish and our charter will get fined big money, so in short we can’t keep your bag limit without one. You will need to be able to produce your fishing license, which can either be as a paper printout or via your phone if purchased online.


A small portable cooler is a good to bring along for keeping your catch fresh after your charter. Joe fillets your catch for you which greatly reduces the space it takes up. Make sure your esky can hold a couple of cold drinks, some nibbles and your filleted catch but not too much more unless you want your esky to take your fishing spot!


Trips leave early in the morning and come back before lunchtime so bring anything you’d like to snack on during your charter and anything you’d like to drink as well. Tea and coffee is supplied on the boat.


Whatever the time of year, the sun is three times as strong out on the water. A hat on its own isn’t enough because the sun hits from above, reflects from below and from the sides. Melbourne’s weather is so variable that we recommend you pack a hat, sunscreen and some sunglasses no matter what the time of year. The overcast days are often the worst for getting burnt even if it isn’t hot. The Aussie sun is intense no matter what the weather.

A word to the wise if you will wear sunglasses or eye glasses aboard your fishing trip:

Make sure you have something to hold the sunglasses or glasses on to your head! Many a nice pair of glasses have gone to the fish gods when looking down during the excitement of pulling in a fish, easily prevented by a $2.50 glasses strap from your local chemist.


No matter the time of year we are usually on the water before the sun comes up and it can be cold, especially with a bit of wind coming across the water. Pack some warmer clothes too.

Alcohol is permitted aboard Joe Farr Fishing Charters but in moderation only; we’re there to fish, first and foremost. Joe Farr Fishing Charters is a small group charter and if anyone drinks too much aboard our charter they become a danger to themselves and others. The skipper reserves the right to drop anybody he/she deems too drunk or unruly on shore with no refund. In the interest of passenger safety the skipper’s word is final.

Meg-an WindredGoogle Reviews
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Couldn’t recommend Joe’s Charters more!! Went on a sunrise charter with Joe and John, both really lovely guys - really easy going and friendly. My first ever fishing trip and they made it so enjoyable - would be a great charter for beginners to experienced, they cater to your level of experience.
Ben TeeTrip Advisor
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Excellent Fishing Charter for Families. Joe Farr fishing was one of the best fishing charters we have been on. We were two families with children and Joe and his deck hand made sure we were catching fish and squid. He ensured that we all had a great time on the bay. I personally recommend his boat for families with children as he was very accomodating. Cant wait to re book again when I am back in Melbourne.
Gianni Di CampliGoogle Reviews
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Thanks to Joe for a really enjoyable, action packed fishing trip! Heaps of fish, Joe was a confident and experienced guide, was helpful and great with the kids! Highly recommended!
Edward MTrip Advisor
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Much much better than we could’ve hoped for! Joe and John made it such a superb trip. Great fun for young kids. Caught flathead and calamari. Saw dolphins and seals. Lucky with weather but made even better with Joe and John running it. Highly recommend!
Cody WrightGoogle Reviews
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Joe is a great guy. He helps with the fish, fillets them, and evenly splits them among the boat. Very reasonable prices. The charters are a perfect length of time. I would highly recommend, and it is 100% worth the money.
Sophie RichardsonGoogle Reviews
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This was a fantastic and professional experience with Jo. Spotless boat. We went home with 1 huge bag of snapper and squid. Great value, will definitely be going back again. Thanks again Joe.
Bek BishopTrip Advisor
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We had THE most fabulous day. There was just my husband, myself and our 9 year old son on the charter with joe and we had a fabulous time. We caught plenty of fish and really enjoyed ourselves! This is our second charter with joe and we can’t wait for the next one! Joe is not only an excellent and knowledgeable fisherman, he is amazing with kids and is also an incredibly decent human being. Highly recommend!
The ETrip Advisor
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Great experience! Joe and John are the best - really nice people who care about your experience. Wouldn't book with anyone else!
DaveTrip Advisor
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Thanks Joe and your team - had a great day, relaxed but with purpose - to catch fish! Loved the personal touch on a boat with limited numbers. We travelled from Melbourne to Sorrento and would do it again every time.
AngusTrip Advisor
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Best Fishing Trip Ever! My name is Angus and I am 11 years old. We went on family fishing trip with Joe as a Christmas present. It was the best present I got! We started out very early and Joe took us to a spot to catch some Whiting. It was so exciting to finally catch a fish. They helped us cast our rods and put on bait and were extremely helpful. They taught us about the different types of fish. We then went and caught some Snapper and a Mackerel, then we caught some squid and at the end we went and saw a seal colony. We had lots of fish and calamari to take home and everyone was happy.
Paul PTrip Advisor
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Excellent Outing - never stopped trying to get us to hook up variety of fish all morning -which turned out to be quite good overall . Also the banter and camaraderie among fellow 5 fishers, Joe and decky was most enjoyable and really appreciated as it made it 'fun' morning.
Geoff LTrip Advisor
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Whiting and Calamari trip. Joe is one of the most knowledgeable person on fishing both within and outside of Port Phillip bay. Have been out a number of times and always had a great experience