Offshore action

The offshore action has started to heat up – with tuna, kingfish and sharks all on the cards. While the local tuna scene is still yet to fire properly there has been numbers of fish caught West towards Barwon Heads and also East past Wilson’s Prom. Tuna numbers have been great and hopefully we should see the schools hold locally very soon.

Customer Tyrone and Dan had been fishing offshore from Marlo. While water conditions were less than ideal, the boys still managed a few feeds of flake and flathead. The gummies averaged out at specimens like this – which are perfect on the chew. Hanging paternoster rigs such as ‘reedy’s rigs’ suspended just off the bottom was the most effective way at snaring the gummies – with some of the larger flathead also having a crack at the bigger hooks also.

Offshore from Port Welshpool the action has been aplenty. Gawaine Blake and Lachie O’Reely fished with mates David and SJ where they got into plenty of tuna, with a few nice gummies on the side. Fishing suspended paternoster rigs was a great way to catch a gummy or two for a feed – while the tuna were caught on a few techniques.

While the tuna numbers have been excellent, weather conditions and boat traffic can make them partial to only a few techniques. This particular day the fish were best on small poppers and skirts. Running skirts in the 6 inch size mark behind the spreader bar was the only way to keep the suspended weed at bay. Extra deep running hardbodies were collecting weed and rendered back to the rigging board.