It was a beautiful winter’s day on the southwest coast today and plenty of anglers got out on the ocean. There were plenty of school tuna off Port Fairy and Warnambool from around the 55m line out to around 80m and it seemed the further you headed out the more fish there were.  The morning bite seemed to be better than the afternoon bite as the bird activity died down and the sea calmed off.

Ed Richardson headed out of Warrnambool for a dive and despite the cold water managed a nice bag of crayfish, sweep and abalone aboard ‘Heather Jean’.

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The ‘Flaked Out’ team in the 7000HT Seacruiser got onto some nice snapper, tiger flathead, cuttlefish and a good sized school shark.

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I headed out with Jimmi Taylor in ‘PJ’ the new 6000HT Seacruiser and we found plenty of tuna on the way out to the southwest of Port Fairy in 60-70m, but reluctantly drove past them to chase some bottom fish in 70-100m of water.  We ended up with a mixed bag of snapper, jackass morwong, sea perch, nannygai, barracouta, gurnard, cod and gummy sharks. We also had an encounter with a rather larger bronze whaler which took a liking to our bottom fish when retrieved. Those that headed to the shelf were also rewarded with blue eye and gemfish.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we’ll keep you updated. If you would like to share a report send us an email  to fishing@richardsonmarine.com.au