Nice tuna caught today at Port Mac by the Warrnambool crew of Intruder, angler Neil Woolstencroft, skipper Neville Dance – fishing the annual Port Mac comp. There were several landed yesterday as well, and in close at Portland from Lawrence Rocks to Bridgewater is seeing some great “Barrel” action too.
This was the report from the Port Mac comp from yesterday, day 2. Sunday 3/5/15:
Day 2 done and dusted with weather conditions much more favourable to our competitors. 10 to 15 knot south-westerly winds with the seas around 1 metre or less and the swell being a kind 2 to 3 metres. Anglers hit the water early today, some launching around 6.00 a.m. 41 boats carrying 128 anglers made the best of the great conditions. The weigh in was well supported by many spectators coming down to the Port MacDonnell foreshore to see the days captures. There was some heart ache as a few big Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) were lost after hours of fighting and one competitor caught a barrell SBT after a 4 hour fight that weighed over 100 kgs but was ineligible due to it being attacked by a shark. This is a GFAA competition rule but it was certainly an awesome effort by the angler and most competitors felt absolute sympathy for him. With today’s conditions a lot of competitors had a go at bottom bouncing to see if they could land some nice table fish. So far Tony Bell still holds the lead with yesterdays capture on 3kg line weighing in at 12.04 kgs. Zac Corrie on board the Remarkable may well have picked up a State record for his capture of a SBT on 10 kg line class that weighed in at 11.66 kgs.
1. Shane Sanders on the boat “Bait Waster” caught a Mako Shark on 3kg line that weighed in at 37kgs. (slab of the day going to Shane.)
2. Mark Parnell on board “Sea Rider” caught a rare Butterfly Tuna on 24kg line class that weighed 7.00kgs
3. Jason Blackman on board “Riff Raff” caught a SBT on 6kg line class that weighed 11.68 kgs.
4. Andrew Flett on board the “Coranna Jae” caught a SBT on 3kg line class that weighed 10.66kgs.
5. Michael Pedlar on board “Glass Cutter” caught a SBT on 3kg line class that weighed 11.66 kgs
6. Matt Bell on board “Drum Boat” caught a school shark on braid line that weighed in at 15.94 kgs.
1. Zac Corrie onboard the “Remarkable” caught a SBT on 10 kg line class that weighed 11.66 kgs. (Slab of coke for the day) – Pending State male small fry record
2. Sharna McKinnon on board the Remarkable caught a SBT on 10kg line class that weighed 11.26 kgs
3. Georgia Barrett on board “Unsinkable II”caught a flathead on braid that weighed 0.64 kgs
Yesterday Marty and Xavier Ellul headed out east of Warrnambool, catching their bag of tuna in the morning in 40m, where there was plenty of bird action and lots of fish, deep diving lures accounting for the majority.