Port MacDonnell had a big weekend of tuna fishing with plenty of barrels caught, along with school fish. Dennis Heinicke, fishing out of his brand new Seacruiser 7000HT, “Drum Beat”, had a day to remember on Saturday, with Matt Bell first landing this ripper fish of 102kg. Dennis and Adam Todd then caught, tagged and released one more each to make it three for the day – one each! Great to see some of these fish get tagged and released. The one they kept actually had CSIRO tags in it from Tasmania – they hadn’t realised until it was too late to release it but said they would’ve struggled to read the data of the tags and be able to release it anyway. We will keep you updated on the details of it’s original capture, 22 years ago.
There have also been a couple of barrels now caught at Portland, along with excellent numbers of school tuna and albacore. School-size tuna are still in close at Port Fairy and Warrnambool also. Rob Levinson caught 3 releasing one, around 48m, on a solo mission in his Haines Hunter 19c on Friday, SW off Port Fairy, to about 18kg all on x-wraps. Fish caught close to diving birds. He dropped one earlier on a soft plastic only a couple of miles off the light house.