A few barrels were encountered but lost off Portland over the weekend, including one double hook-up with one pulling the hooks and the other going under the boat and breaking the line on it’s underside. ¬†Portland Fishing Charters had a¬†successful day on the “Southern Pride”, with 7 bluefin tuna and a nice surprise thresher shark which took an x-rap while trolling.
There were a few tuna caught at Port Fairy in 45-50m, a couple of boats reported getting theirs early before things went quiet. ¬†Neville Dance and Neil Clarke on Intruder had a triple hook-up early on, 2 of which were tuna and one was a couta, all landed, and that was it for the day.
Kev McLoughlin is pictured below connected with a mako estimated at 150kg off Port Fairy in 55m, which unfortunately was a very angry fish and after it attacked the boat and berley cage and anything else in it’s way, broke the wire trace before doing its only jump – possibly for joy as it realised its freedom!