Local Offshore

The local tuna have started to fire up quite well over the past week or so. Previous to this past fortnight the fish had been patchy and scattered, but they have since really picked up in numbers. When talking ‘local’ this area stems from around the spoil ground off Torquay through to Cape Patterson. The fish have been moving about from in the shallows out to around the 50m mark and generally move about fairly quickly.

Amongst the tuna there have also been scattered patches of kingfish. Most of the kingies have been school fish hovering around the 75cm mark – with a few larger fish up around the metre mark mixed in also. The bommies and points off Barwon and Cape Schank have been areas worth investing time on.

Customer Andrew fished out from Port Phillip heads with young Elliott last week where they caught both kingfish and tuna. Fishing some offshore rubble and reef in 40m straight out from the rip was where the fish were holding. Fishing flutter style jigs was the best method on the kingies, while trolling 6 inch skirts was effective on the bluefin. Both the kings and tuna were found in the same area.

Customer Stuart fished with his dad out from the Eastern entrance last week after grabbing a new casting outfit. While the fish weren’t active on the cast, tuna to around 20kg were caught on the troll. The hot ‘gravel rash’ colour Halco was the stand out lure, along with a similar mixed dark colour skirt in the 5 inch size. The hot area was out from Coal Point in 30m of water. Having the spreader bar out definitely helped pull fish up from near the bottom.

Customers Damien, Benny and Carlo fished out from Newhaven and the Eastern Entrance last week. The boys fished just past coal point towards Inverloch. Over 20 fish were caught on both skirts and hardbodies, although Halco laser pros were the standout fish catchers. Spreader bars and daisy chains were critical in bringing the fish up from 25m and tempting them into eating the spread of lures. The standout skirts were Billmark 5″ mini willies in hot pink and crystal ghost. The spread of hardbodies that did the trick was a Nomad DTX minnow in fluro uv alongside a Laser Pro 190XDD.

John from Victorian Fishing Charters has been busy with clients out on the tuna. The same Barwon – Wonthaggi area has been holding numbers of fish but a few litres of fuel have been needed to find the patch of fish that want to eat. John and clients have been finding lots of fish in shallower than 30m, especially along the back of Phillip Island. Halco hardbodies in the ‘gravel rash’ colour have been excellent, along with a mixture of skirts from 4 inch to 6 inch, in whitebait and pilchard patterns.