These Adelaide guys had a top weekend at Port MacDonnell, landing a 102kg tuna on Friday, and this 72kg model on Saturday.
Yesterday saw a mixture of catches with tuna at all ports again, however many found them difficult to entice, with finicky and fast-moving schools – but heaps of them. Most of the action has been in close. A couple of barrels were caught at Port MacDonnell and one at Portland over the weekend. Plenty of boats fished Apollo Bay over the weekend, which had been producing plenty of tuna a couple of weeks ago, however there were very few caught. Looking at the altimetry chart from www.ripcharts.com shows a large downwelling in that area which possibly explains why those fishing further west fared better.
Adrian Azzopardi fished with Simon Abela and Spiro Mizzi getting 7 bluefin for the day. The Jaks Barrell Bullet lure got the job done.
Zach and Noah Zammit are pictured here with their first southern bluefin tuna from out of Portland trolling in 70-130metres of water ending up with 6.
The Johnstone boys after footy on Saturday had a good day off Port Fairy in 40m, with 3 tuna in the morning (letting one go), and in the afternoon any amount of 7-gillers, 12 snapper, 3 gummies about 3,7,8 kg and one schoolie about 12kg, also dropping one huge schoolie beside the boat estimated to be every bit of 30kgs.
Nathan Mcsween landed this 45.8kg mako in 25m of water off Warrnambool in his tinnie – great effort!
Paul Ford got amongst the tuna yesterday arvo off Warrnambool.
Shane and Cameron got some nice ling out at the shelf off Port Fairy yesterday.
Sam Powell caught this nice gummy, along with some tuna, off Port Fairy on Saturday.
Peter Goode had a successful day out wide off Warrnambool on Saturday with some blue-eye and a school shark.
Matty Cook caught this Tassie (Striped) Trumpeter, also out deep off Warrnambool, but saw no signs of tuna out there.