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Boating Regulations to Change


New marine regulations can make it more difficult for boaties to acquire a marine license. With that, we believe that now is a good time to get one. The Department of Transport will be issuing a range of new fines for overstaying at berths and for not wearing PFD’s or retaining improper safety gears on the boat. Other fines apply  for anchoring in restricted areas and having too many passengers on board.

Fines for not wearing a PFD during heightened risk can result in fines as high as $600 for every passenger on a vessel.

What is a heightened risk?

  • When a vessel is crossing or attempting to cross an ocean bar or designated hazardous area
  • When the vessel is being operated by a person who is alone
  • When the vessel is being operated at night, commencing one hour before sunset and ending one hour after it
  • When there is a likelihood that a vessel may capsize or be swamped by waves or the occupants of the vessel may fall overboard or be forced to enter the water
  • When the vessel is operating in an area where a gale, storm, severe thunderstorm or severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology
  • When a vessel has no safety barriers, lifelines, safety harness or jacklines in use

There has been talks of different boat licensing requirements for vessels that can take more than twelve passengers. Expect that fines will greatly increase!

Here are examples of some proposed regulations:

· Section 100 requires an all round white light to be displayed at anchor during daytime (penalty infringement $244, court max. $2440).

· Section 14 requires notification in writing within 28 days to the Safety Director for a change of outboard brand, propeller, fuel type, etc. (Penalty infringement $244, court max. $2440)

· Schedule 7 provides penalty infringements of $122 parking fines (s158 Marine Safety Act 2010 already provides for local government car parking ticket inspectors to issue these infringements to  both boaters on the water AND for the council to keep any revenue raised).

· Other high penalty provisions that are “honey pots” are designed to trap boaters into receiving penalty infringements

· The justification used by the Department of Transport for imposing these heavy penalties is based on a “safety case” that is using flawed data deliberately to imply boaters are idiots and need these penalties to behave.

There is a discussion under way to introduce practical boating exams. At Pleasure Cruising Club Inc., we believe in safety first. This is why we have a compulsory training under the Skipper School Certification Level 1 Course.


Snapper Fishing Melbourne

Snapper Fishing Melbourne


About Snapper Fishing in Melbourne


Our clients are catching them! Tow a Boat 4 Hire boat anywhere in the bay and spot where the snappers are. During the day, snapper feeds in deeper water (15-20m) and at night, you can hook them in 8-15m.

After a strong onshore blow stirring up the bottom and reduced water clarity, land-based anglers can do well especially from piers and rock walls.

Point Lonsdale Pier is an early and late season snapper venue that produces the best when the water is murky. On the other hand, St Leonards Pier is often best after or during a northerly blow, especially around the Melbourne Cup weekend. Mornington Pier often comes on well after a strong blow from the west stirring up the water.


Snapper at Pier 35




Boat anglers work to GPS marks. Those listed are starting points, as there are no guarantees with snapper.

Shortland bluff



At Queenscliff- strong current, best fish on the ebb tide

Mornington Ansetts



Rated by many anglers as the best big-snapper mark in the bay.




Produces good snapper on October and November




Off Williamstown- can produce fish of any size throughout the season

Steam packet



The bank alongside the old shipping channel out from Port Arlington.

Oyster Beds



In Corio Bay inner harbour, this mark consists of reef and gutters.


Small numbers of snapper weighing 6.5kg are being caught in about 19m of water between Seaford and Carrum with squid, pilchard and silver whiting. Queenscliff Harbour and Sorrento Pier are producing silver trevally  of up to 1.2kg on soft plastic lures and pipi. Calamari squid are in good numbers in the boat moorings at Sorrento, Rye and Clifton Springs with the use of artificial and baited jigs. Bream in 1.2kg are taking scrubworms in the Patterson River.

Calamari squid in 2kg are being taken on baited jigs near Flinders. The Middle Spit has produced King George whiting to 44cm on pipi and squid. There have been reports of a few 7kg snapper  being caught off Rhyll and Crawfish Rock with pilchard and squid.

Pivot and North Shore beaches near Portland are producing salmon. Clifton Beach near Port Campbell is also home to 1.9kg salmon and 8kg gummy sharks. Salmon is also common in Gunnamatta.

In the Gippsland Lakes, Bullock Island jetty at Lakes Entrance is producing silver trevally on prawn. Lake Tyers has luderick, leatherjackets and bream taking peeled prawn. Bream and silver trevally are also in Tambo River. Tailor are biting in deep water at Johnsonville on lures. Metung has bream and silver trevally being caught on lures and prawn at Tambo Bluff. Paynesville is producing bream and estuary perch in the straits and canals. Bream and flathead on soft plastic lures and prawn can also be found in Hollands Landing. Marlo Estuary has plenty of bream to 2kg on crab, with sandworm accounting for yelloweye mullet and silver trevally. In Mallacoota Inlet, the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers are fishing well for bream and flathead.

Cut crab is the top bait for bream to 40cm in the Glenelg River at Nelson. Best results come from the deep water. The Lee Breakwater at Portland has small numbers of King George whiting to 43cm and school sharks to 20kg.

At Lake Eildon, flat-line trolling with Tassie Devil lures produce brown trout to 6.8kg. Shore-based anglers fishing near the boat ramp at Jerusalem Creek are catching brown trout to about 1kg on scrubworms. Brown and rainbow trout to 1.8kg are being caught on Vibrax and soft plastic lures in the Goulburn River. While in Lauriston Reservoir, a considerable number of brown trout averaging about 700g is present. They are being caught on minnow lures and search pattern flies. In the west, Lake Bullen Merri has brown and rainbow trout to 3.3kg taking trolled lures.


Trailer Boat Rage

Ramp Rage Effects Boat Sales in Melbourne!

A research done by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) shows that if more than 3% of boaties go boating on the same day, there are not enough boat ramps and car spots. Boaties, who buy trailer boats, are just leaving them in their garages because they have had enough waiting at ramps. Not-so-good news! The situation is getting  bad that it is effecting boat sales in Melbourne. Trailer boat registrations are going down due to the lack of spending on infrastructures.
Boaties are waiting up to three hours just to launch their boats. Imagine that! So, why buy a boat if Boat 4 Hire can provide one for you? You can even enjoy more boating time!
Contact the Minister of Ports and have your say.

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Rods, Bait & Tackle Open for Business

Rods, Bait & Tackle Open For BusinessDue to demands, we now have readily available fresh baits at Docklands for our customers and the public. You may also rent rods by the hour or day. Other than that, we have available tackle and rods, plus some good advice from our fishing experts. So, when you hire a boat in Melbourne, we provide everything you need!


Catch of the Day

Go fishing with Boat 4 Hire up the Maribyrnong River. Brims are biting close to Flemington Race Course. Our boats can operate up to 30knots even during windy conditions. No boat license is required. Training is provided, as well!


Power Boat Courses

Practical & Safe Boat Operators Course on Port Phillip Bay

Boat 4 Hire offers recreational power boat courses on our wide range of Polycraft vessels. These are conducted from Williamstown Boat Ramp.

Power Boat Course Content

  • How to launch and retrieve a trailer boat safely
  • How to berth a boat
  • How to anchor a boat
  • How to read channel markers
  • How to read weather forecast conditions
  • How to conduct a “man overboard” drill
  • What is the safety equipment overview
  • How to refuel a boat
  • What to do after use

These courses are run on one-on-one basis, utilizing our Bow Rider power 90hp, which has a towing weight of 1700kg.

Course cost is $350 for three hours duration. Additional courses include snapper fishing techniques.


Junior Boat Hands Wanted

Junior Boat Hands Wanted

You can choose to flip burgers or aim for a great lifestyle role.

Are you a passionate boatie? Want to get marine experience? Learn about boating from the best and become a captain! If you want to learn new skills, apply for a high paying job with flexible work hours on the water!

We are on the hunt for school student help. Training will be provided, but applicants must be well-groomed, hardworking and reliable and can work on weekends.

For those qualified, please send your application to Attach your resume and tell us about yourself. Previous work experience in hospitality and retail is highly regarded.