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Bluefin playing hard to get
  |  First Published: June 2011



With June we can expect cool, short but often very still days.

The estuary fishing will begin to quiet down with the cooler water temperatures ensuring waters such as the Lune and Esperance rivers become less productive.

On the upside the Tasman Peninsula and wide off the southern end of Bruny anglers will hopefully be getting amongst the southern bluefin tuna action.

Out amongst the deep blue, anglers should also be targeting striped trumpeter – June being a traditionally productive month.

Bruny Island

Bruny Island offers a suitable haven for winter fishing with anglers also having the option to head outside if the weather permits.

Depending on the arrival of snow melt and winter rains the often crystal clear bays surrounding Bruny make for some exceptional sight fishing for calamari squid, leatherjacket, wrasse and similar such species.

This exceptional water clarity mixed with still weather conditions also makes for perfect floundering conditions.

Bruny Island is best suited to the boat angler and after heading across the channel there is a plethora of species available.

Trolling or shore based spinning around gutters and drop offs with a silver slice lure or soft plastics will often result in mixed bags of Australian salmon, barracouta and even the odd Atlantic salmon or if you are really lucky, a stray yellowtail kingfish.

For those after table fish such as morwong perch, gurnard, trumpeter and gummy sharks boat anglers will do best to head wide off Adventure Bay or even further south towards the Friars.

A paternoster rig is preferred with squid, bluebait and fish pieces the preferred baits.

Soft plastics are also effective.

For those that want to specifically target something larger, school sharks, gummy sharks and rays are all available. A solid berley trail and large dead bait is recommended.

I find a long 7’ rod matched with a baitrunner style reel and 15kg braid makes for the perfect combo. The rig usually consists of a running sinker with a 60lb hard trace mono leader.

Anglers should be aware that the inside of the channel is a shark nursery.

Tasman Peninsula

At the time of writing the eagerly awaited southern bluefin tuna are playing hard to get, with numbers taken to date a little more disappointing than expected.

As in previous years, Hippolyte Rocks and Tasman Island are the locations that deserve the most attention.

Hippolyte Rocks is usually the centre of attention and rightly so with the rock and its little brother attracting all types of marine life, including seals, striped trumpeter, morwong perch and the afore mentioned southern bluefin tuna.

Anglers targeting bluefin will do best to fish on rough days with a stiff south westerly or straight southerly often proving to be the difference between a fishless day and a day to remember.

Lures usually consist of a spread including two or three large pushers (usually dark in colour) a smaller bullet head lure or Yo Zuri skirt and finally a deep diver such as a Mack Bait or Rapala.

Overhead combo’s in 15-24kg make up the standard outfit.

The above locations along with Fortescue, Cape Pillar, the Lanterns, the Sisters and the edge of the shelf all offer these remarkable fish.

Bottom fishing armed with large threadline reels or Alvey deck winch will see anglers amongst a variety of species including gurnard, king flathead, morwong perch, barracouta, latchet and the prized striped trumpeter.

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