The 2011 southern bluefin tuna season has begun with catches of tuna up to 30kg along with albacore and striped tuna for those venturing out to the continental shelf.
There seems to be plenty of action going on underneath the surface and not that much on the top as yet with the fish proving to be very finicky. As we progress into the season this will all change as the krill will start to lift and the bait fish will come to the surface.
This leads to a lot more bird action, which will make it a lot easier to locate and catch these exciting game fish.
There have been reports of good schools of normal-sized tuna including tuna of 100kg + coming down from Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island, so make sure all your gear is up to scratch for the start of another thrilling SBT season.
Marty Montalto and crew landed two SBT to 20kg on their first outing for the season along with Bob McPherson and crew of Glenn and Frank Greene, Daniel Curmi who also landed two SBT up to 25kg, while the following day Julian Dickeson and crew also caught tuna and albacore to kick their season off.
Theo Kaminarasx and crew from Melbourne had a good day’s outing landing seven SBT along with Kevin Aguis of Melbourne bringing in striped tuna and albacore. The local charter operators Bluefin 2 and Game On Charters have also had good success on both their last outings as local knowledge and fishing expertise is an added advantage to these guys operations offshore of the southwest coast.
For those not chasing SBT and fishing out the back between Lawrence rock and Cape Bridgewater between 40-100m there has been some good catches of good-sized flathead, gummy sharks, whiting, snapper, blue morwong, nannygai, coral perch, gurnard and mako sharks.
Coming in closer to Portland, fishing between Point Danger and Blacknose, there have been some good catches of whiting, snapper, salmon and the odd yellowtail kingfish to 4kg and the traditional flathead grounds have also been fishing well with good bags of flathead coming in.
Fishing along the north shore, anglers have been catching good-sized whiting up to 1kg, as Lee Calabria and Chris Mossa can vouch for, landing two nice whiting of 1kg and 980g, snapper up to 2kg, yellowtail kingfish up to 4kg, gummy shark, school shark, elephant fish, trevally, salmon, pike and garfish.
Locals Andrew Logan and Malcolm Barko had a goods days outing with eight good-sized snapper along with five kingfish while snapper fishing along the north shore.
Land based anglers fishing the Lee Breakwater have been landing snapper, trevally, elephant fish, whiting, gummy shark, the odd kingfish and calamari squid along with being annoyed by Port Jackson sharks and stingrays.
Fishing in and around the harbour both land-based and boating parties have also been getting a mixed bag of a variety of fish including snapper, whiting, trevally, bream, slimy mackerel, salmon and calamari squid.
The best method of fishing in and around the harbour is to go back to a running sinker and use berley for the best results.
Make sure you mark on your calendar the Portland International Tuna Tournament on the weekend of 16th and 17th April run by the Portland Sport and Game Fishing Club.
We would like to say farewell to our mate Ronnie O’Brien who passed away suddenly. Ronnie was a most respected member of the Portland Bait and Tackle crew: gone fishing in deeper waters.
Farewell Ronnie, you are sadly missed
So if your thinking of coming to Portland, give the boys at Portland Bait and Tackle a call on 0355235213 for all your latest fishing and weather reports.Reads: 2271