The local and west coast run of tuna has continued this week, with plenty of fish about still but some real sorcery needed at times to get the bites off them. Increased boat traffic and non-stealth tactics never help, but the fish are certainly still there to be caught - and have been. The fish are still spread from around the western entrance of Westernport through past Portland, with good numbers still just outside Port Phillip heads.
Customer Jacques had a shot at the fish earlier during the week out from the heads and landed fish to around the 20kg mark. Jacques fished a mixture of
lure options but found deep diving hardbodies were the best for him out near the foul ground off Torquay.
Customers Mario, Vit and Henry fished out from the heads during the week also targeting the tuna. Targeting the area west of Point Lonsdale, the guys landed a handful of fish around the 40m depth area early in the morning. Once the scores of boats started hitting the area the fish went deep and were much harder to locate again. Skirted lures as small as 4 inches were good on the fish.
Customer Nick fished the same area across to Angelsea over the weekend and landed a few tuna as well. Nick found that skirts were the go, and the addition
of larger lures and teasers in the spread really brought the fish up for a closer look. Trolling much larger hardbodies and even marlin sized skirts
is a good way to bring the tuna's attention up towards your offerings - especially when there are a lot of other lures in the water nearby.
Staff member Dylan tackled the tuna over the weekend also, but opted for further west. Dylan towed his boat to Portland and found plenty of tuna to 15kg
and less boat traffic, with most of the good schools located 30km or so straight south from the ramp. The odd boat trolling through schools in closer
meant that the fish were flighty and not near the surface for very long. Super long casts with heavily weighted stickbaits caught all the fish, with
'burn and kill' retrieves working the best.
Remember to correctly look after your catch too! Southern Bluefin Tuna are premium table fish, but only if correctly dispatched and care for. Following
these step will ensure your bluefin remains A1 quality for the table!