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Fishing & Boat Hire

Find the best fishing spots

Throw a line of one of our piers; Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye or Sorrento, or try surf fishing along the Bass Strait or Western Port coast. Take a guided fishing trip or charter a boat for group of your friends and family. The fishing tour operators are locals that have fished these waters for decades and their local knowledge and wealth of experience will help you find the best local fishing spots for the time of year. Join us for Snapper season from October to May; whether on Western Port or Port Phillip you are bound to catch something delicious.

In both Port Phillip and Western Port the Australian Salmon flourish from March to September, King George Whiting from November to April, and Squid can be find primarily from April to October. In Port Phillip the Bream flourish (June to November), while in Western Port there are Flathead (October to March), Gummy Shark (March to October), Silver Trevalley (October to May) and Yellow Eyed Mullet (March to September).

Fish off a pier, off the rocks, from the beach or take a boat ride to deeper waters. Whether novice or experienced there is a fishing experince for you. Join a tour; short or long, half day or full day, big boat or smaller. There is no need to bring your own equipment, unless you want to. A fishing licence is essential for adults, but they are available locally or online. Remember to keep your fishing trip a safe and pleasant one by protecting yourself from the sun, being conscious of the dangers of the water at all times, and informing someone of your trip before you go.

Mornington Pier provides quality fishing all year round with summer and autumn being the best times. Options include casting into the open sea on the break wall side or fishing the lee side in quieter water. Fishing straight up and down around the pylons is also very productive with fish species including: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, King George whiting, leatherjacket, garfish, yellowtail kingfish. There is plenty of parking, and a toilet block and kiosk at the foot of the pier. Mornington Park is nearby and has a playground. There are two lookouts, walking trails and beaches nearby.

The Sorrento Pier is a very wide and roomy pier which also incorporates the Queenscliff to Sorrento and Peninsula Searoad Ferry Terminals. It provides access to deep water however strong currents need to be considered. It can get very busy during holiday periods and weekends in the summer so try and plan a trip during the quieter times of the year. Fish species include: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, King George whiting, leatherjacket, and barracoota. There is parking and a toilet block at the foot of the pier. Cafes, shops and beaches within walking distance, and nearby Sorrento Park offers electric barbeques, picnic facilities and a playground.

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