Tuna fishing for many means heading down the west coast during the middle of Winter, with big seas and cold winds all making for part of the effort. We
have been getting noticeably better runs of Summer tuna along the west coast over the last few years, with more anglers now aware of their movements
and preparing themselves to tangle with them. Over the past few weeks the tuna reports have created a stir - with this week's weather and numbers of
fish making them too hard to pass up for many. The best part is that there have been fish caught from Portland to Inverloch.
Customer Mark and mates Lee and Cip headed offshore from Sorrento towards Anglesea during the week and found good numbers of fish in the shallows. Running
a spread of lures with Xraps, skirts and stickbaits in the mix meant most options were covered and the fish were happy to eat. The boys had their bag
of fish before 10am and were on their way back in.
Customers Christian, Thao and Damien also fished a similar patch of water mid week. Again launching from Sorrento and venturing west towards Torquay the
fish were quickly found and the lures were off. Again skirts and hardbodies were both successful, with not much in the way of small baitfish in the
area. Lures in the 6-8'' size were most effective. The line to be looking along was 25-40m.
Customer Rick fished out from Barwon during the week and took young Dalton out to get him amongst the tuna. Rick and Dalton found fish working from Barwon
across to Anglesea and found that skirts in the 6'' size range worked best. The fish were found in water as shallow as 15m out to 30m or so, and weighed
up around the 30kg mark.