On Cassius Cray yesterday, with a couple of newcomers onboard we started off searching for tuna, saw them immediately in 30m straight out in front (Peter Goode had one on the deck already), but they soon dissipated. Trying to track them and/or find another school to the east, we found nothing, but saw some fish on the new Garmin GPSmap 751XS sounder, which we decided was worth having a quick drop on. Mark was rewarded with a nice 61cm blue morwong, Leigh caught a small but legal size gummy, and Matt landed a 40cm pinkie snapper. Heading back on the search for tuna, many kilometres of barren water were traversed, until with the help of some others who had found them, we finally landed one (Kelso was the angler), and by the time we unsuccessfully trolled around the busting schools a few more times it was time to head in. Cameron Ordner with David Jehu and Andrew Buck caught 8 in this area, while another boat caught 4. Antony Ljubic had a day to remember, catching snapper after snapper, along with 3 gummies and a 22.9kg school shark.
Peter Goode, fishing solo, caught his bag limit of 2 tuna, including this one on 4kg line which weighed 11.55kg.
Janaka, Paul and Roy fishing with Andrew Westlake headed to the shelf from Warrnambool for a total of 8. Left them still busting up and Taking trolled lures at 1130. Water temp 16.9c and birds working.
Jim , Jeremy and Jess did a half day charter with Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters and caught 17 tuna , still plenty around, and Jason Fulham said a mate of his hooked a fish on his TLD 25 and could not stop it just before dark!!!
Adam, Dags , Aaron and Rich caught Tuna off Portland around the 200m – 350m depth on the Disgruntled Walrus Stabicraft 2100 Supercab with Strike Force lures on the 18th.