Barrel action out West

The run of barrel tuna continues out in the states’ West, crossing over into SA. The more productive area has been Port MacDonnell, but as the fish have been pushing East there has been a number of big fish caught out from Cape Nelson and Bridgewater from Portland. Fishing both larger skirts in the 10 inch size has been great, and livebaits such as yakka and redbait have been excellent when they can be located.

Customer Dave fished out from Port Mac over the weekend with mate Gawaine. The boys managed to find some baitballs East of the harbour. Fishing baits around the baitballs resulted in a solid fish straight off the bat for the boys, which was subdued on medium spin tackle.

Customer Jayden fished out from Port Mac late last week and found some good action. Using some freshly set up talica 25’s, Jayden picked up a solid fish from the first patch of bait that he came across.

Staff member Dylan fished out from the same area on Sunday and found very little bait, with most being krill schools. More promising grounds looked to be West of Port Mac along the 40 – 60m line, with school tuna taking a liking to small skirts in UV blue/purple and redbait patterned hardbodies.

Customers Mario, Vitally and Richard all fished out from Port Mac earlier in the week in search of barrels. The boys spent a bit of time searching for bait and when they did they concentrated their efforts around it. Two solid were landed over the trip, weighing 80kg and 124kg respectively. Most of the fish have been found out between the 40 – 60m line, and this has also been where a lot of he bait has been.