Tuna continue to chew

The tuna activity continues to fire locally. The fish are still spread between the Barwon – Wonthaggi area (locally anyway) and have been caught as shallow as 15m or so – out to around the 50m line. Success has been had both casting and trolling, so it’s a real pick your poison fishery at the moment.

Customer Denis is now a handy tuna fisherman, and has tried and tested over the past few months on the local fish. He is now starting to see consistent results on the fish on pretty much most trips. His latest trip saw some busting fish working the surface however they weren’t super aggressive. Denis employed the use of a spreader bar and daisy chain combo and ran wide of the schools and started getting bites. The fish were holding well through the 40m line from Kilcunda through to Cape Paterson.

Customers Brodie and Rowan fished out from the Eastern Entrance last week where they landed some great school fish. The boys ended up getting most of their bites out from Coal Point in 40m of water. The best performers were both skirts – with the Billmark Dougal the standout. King Don flashabou and Evil blue were the hot colours, with both run off pink and green teasers.

Joe Branca from Off The Hook charters has been having an amazing season on the school tuna so far. Joe has been spending the bulk of his trips fishing out from Port Phillip Heads. Joe has said that some days these fish will simply just not bite – but more often that not they can be triggered into feeding if you are running enough variety in your spread. This particular session the boys on board did well fishing in 33m off water out of Barwon Heads.

Joe has been liking a hardbody spread of late and consists of as follows; two Halco crazy deeps 10m behind the boat in king brown and fifo colours, 5-10m behind those another two Halco crazy deeps in gravel rash and red head, and 10m behind them another two Halco Laser Pros in bright colours and the shallower diving style. His shotgun position consists of a spreader bar fished on a heavier 24-37kg with a 5-6inch bullet style skirt.