Local tuna

The bluefin tuna have been excellent locally over the past week or so. There has been loads of schools of fish about, with plenty to work between – and a good number of them which have been eating. The best part has been the variety of lures that have been working, from trolling skirts and hardbodies through to cast poppers and stickbaits, along with plastics.

Customer Bill fished with his son out behind Phillip Island during the week where they landed a bag of nice school fish. Halco standard depth Laser Pros in King Brown were the most effective when run at short corner, with a bright green teaser bar run next to these lures. The best depth seemed to be around the 42-45m mark.

Customer Sam from Westernport Fishing Guides took mates Ryan and Dan out on the tuna just the other day, after a quick lure top up. With some frustrating fish not caught on the previous trip – some extra lure additions and techniques were talked about and off he went.

Fishing the surface schools out along the Bass Coast near Kilcunda, Sam and the boys got into a good number of fish utilizing a finesse topwater technique that smashed the fish. Sam and the boys were over the moon with a newly added arrow in the local tuna quiver.

Customer Bon landed his first ever tuna – accompanied by Lachie O’rielly during a 6 hour tuna fishing masterclass, which included what to look for, trolling techniques and lure spreads.
The boys fished 35m of water just out of Barwon Heads and ended up with 4 nice fish.
The standout lure was a Halco 190XDD in ‘gravel rash’ – which has become a solid performer over the past couple of weeks.