Offshore: the traveling tuna fishermen have made their way back to Port Fairy after Dan Hoey and his crew had a crazy few days landing 4 big tuna in 3 trips. Using Bonze skirts behind a spreader bar, the guys boated fish to approximately 120kg. They also managed some nice school fish trolling with smaller bullet skirts. One of the fish had an old hook still in the corner of its jaw, so it was 2nd time unlucky. Port Macdonnell has again been the most popular place to be with plenty of boats flocking to the area in search of one of these beasts. Numerous fish over the 100kg mark have been landed and even more around the 70-100kg mark. It’s great to see this size class of fish around our area after being a thing of the past for numerous years. Certainly early on anglers caught lots of fish in this class, but they began to quieten over time. Anglers are now stoked that they are back in numbers and readily taking lures. In other offshore news, the toothy brigade have turned up and have been causing havoc for unsuspecting anglers. School sharks have moved in again, and are tearing anglers gear to shreds, leaving them with a piece of mono leader floating in the wind. We have made some school shark rigs with 125lb soft wire to ensure you stay connected for as long as is needed. Just using a small 30cm bite trace is all you need to stop these shark from chomping straight through your leaders. Another piece of advice is to use some heavier mono leader because when they are hooked they will twist on themselves and become tangled in the line and rub you off. We recommend anywhere from 80-150lb mono to stop this from happening. The depth of these school sharks have been anywhere from 50-450m of water so if conditions allow, there’s plenty of options for everyone.
Estuaries: the Hopkins River continues to be a good option for bream this past week. It’s been blocked then opened for a couple weeks now, but this hasn’t deterred the fish at all. Some great flows of clean saltwater have made their way into the river thanks to some good tides and big seas this past week. Usually when we get some great blue water coming in there is a fresh run of mulloway that follow, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the following week or so. Mick Wilkinson has been catching some nice fish over on the mudflat opposite the bottom boat ramp on his trusted cut mullet. Unfortunately one river that is not receiving (or holding) clean water is the Curdies, where the state of the river brought on a public meeting last Friday night. Approximately 100 concerned residents, waterway users and general public voiced their concerns about the mis-management of the waterway by governing bodies. There was lots of questions thrown at the panel which consisted of Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan, Landcare facilitator Geoff Rollinson, VRFish Advocacy and Member Co-ordinator Ben Scullin and a former member of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA. Like all public meetings there is a lot of theories and speculation as to why the recent algal bloom has been so severe compared to other years, but at the end of the day we won’t know until the necessary tests are done and the findings are announced. One thing I do know is that things need to happen now before we lose this brilliant waterway forever. I really feel for the residents who have to live each and everyday with that smell lingering. If you would like to get involved and make a difference then head to the savecurdies.com.au website or via their Facebook page.
This weekend has light winds and some nice seas so the offshore brigade will be out in full force. It’s always an exciting time for offshore anglers after a big blow as it could mean the fish have moved inshore. Hopefully the weather stays true to the report and we can see some great captures coming in. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.