Melbourne Snapper Fishing Reports – Spring 2020

Snapper season starts as the waters warm up after Winter.

The succulent fish is highly sought after by recreational fishing folk Australia wide.

Getfished records Snapper fishing reports whenever possible. Including how and where they are biting.

Scientific Name: Pagrus auratus

Snapper Fishing Reports include adult Snapper and Juveniles – aka Pinky Snapper.

The most sought after saltwater fish species, by recreational anglers, in Victoria.

For good reason!  Larger specimens are fantastic fighting fish.  While smaller “pinkie” snapper over the legal size (currently 28cm) makes a succulent table fish.

Snapper Season: Can be fished all year round. Rare during cooler months. Far more abundant between October and March

Total Snapper Catches Reported Near Melbourne

We record the number of catches of each species when we prepare our Snapper fishing reports.

All Getfished Fishing Reports are aggregated from multiple resources. Including dedicated submitted fishing reports, Youtube videos and more.

Snapper Catches
October Snapper Catches*: 21.62%
Reported Bait/Lures: Whiting Head 
*Catches: Percentage of all fish species Reported to Getfished.

Recent Snapper Fishing Hotspots Map

Altona, Carrum, Clifton Springs, Corals, Corinella, Crawfish Rock, Eagle Rock, Geelong, Joe's Island, Lang Lang, Mordialloc, Mt Martha, Port Philip Bay, Portarlington Boat Harbour, Seaford, Werribee, Werribee South, Western Port Bay, Williamstown

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Clifton Springs 2, Wilson Spit, Queenscliff, Port Philip Bay,
Western Port Bay Hotspots: Lysaghts, Crawfish Rock, Joes Island, Lang Lang,
Estuary Hotspots:
Misc Saltwater Hotspots: Barwon Heads, Barwon Heads, Port Welshpool,

Snapper

Portarlington Rock Wall

Snapper

Mount Martha

Snapper

St Kilda

Snapper

Sandringham

Snapper

Carrum

Snapper

Black Rock

Snapper

Ricketts Point

Snapper

Black Rock

Snapper

Mornington Pier

Snapper

Altona

Snapper

Williamstown

Snapper

Black Rock

Snapper

Seaford

Snapper

Frankston

Snapper

Mt Eliza

Snapper

Mornington

Snapper

Portsea

Snapper

Portarlington

Snapper

Mordialloc

Snapper

Mornington Pier

Snapper

North Arm

Snapper

Joes Island

Snapper

Joes Island

Snapper

North Arm

Snapper

Coronet Bay

Snapper

The Corals

Snapper

The Corals

Snapper

Rhyll

Snapper

Port Philip Bay

Snapper

Mt Martha Rocks

Snapper

Werribee South

Snapper

Crawfish Rock

Snapper

Snapper

Eagle Rock

Snapper

Joes Island

Snapper

North Arm

Snapper

Corinella

Snapper

The Corals


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Snapper Fishing Report Videos

In addition to our own Podcast. Dave collates a playlist of recent Snapper fishing reports from some of Melbourne’s top Snapper fishos. Many of these contain some great Snapper Fishing tips and hints, too! You can subscribe to the playlist for free.


My preferred snapper rig is always a Paternoster. These rigs give you twice the bait on the line, twice the hooks and twice the chance of hooking a fish.

I’ve had a great deal of success with the rigs listed below. I would recommend any of these for adult snapper.

Different colours are available.

But I’ve had the most success with the Bleeding Pilchard. With yellow coming a close second.

I particularly love using the Bleeding Pilchard colour scheme. Because it works so well. I’ve tried cheaper variations. But in my experience, they don’t come close to the build quality of these rigs. Th exception being my own DIY rigs where I add my own skirts and lumo-beads.

You will be amazed at just how effective these rigs are when the snapper is one. Both in a boat, a kayak and from the pier or land-based location.

Find out more by clicking here.


Submit A Fishing Report

Your Reports Are Welcome

Been fishing? Caught more than doughnuts? Dave wants to hear from you!

Doesn’t matter where you are in Australia.

You can choose to use your real name – or a pseudonym. Your email address won’t be published. All reports are credited. We’ll include your website or Youtube channel if you have one. All submitted reports are included in our weekly written roundup and Podcast. We never send unsolicited emails or share your personal details without permission from you.

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Dave
Dave

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

I try to be as accurate as possible on this website. Most of the information is based on personal experience. However, if you spot an error or think there's something that I should add - no worries! Please use the Contact Form.