Tuna and bream keep the winter away
  |  First Published: July 2012

I won’t start this month’s report with the weather or run down on the latest fish releases I’ll get straight to point. Yes, there are tuna out off Apollo Bay, or Cape Otway to be more specific. They have been here for over two months and they are still out there waiting for you to go find them.

Catching tuna is not as easy as people make it out to be and sometimes long days and plenty of driving around can be involved to put a few fish in the boat. Don’t be put off if you head out for a day and come back empty-handed only to arrive at the ramp and everyone else is cleaning fish.

Believe me it happens to all of us.

Chances are next trip you’ll have fish and others will be picking your brains to find out exactly where, when and how you caught them. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time and the guys having the most success are those spending the most hours on the water.

The tuna this year are spread out over a large area from Cape Otway and south to King Island to as far west as you are prepared to travel. I like to concentrate my efforts over the reef systems to the south of Cape Otway but have caught fish as far west as Port Campbell this season.

Trolling deep diving minnow lures have been working a treat as have casting soft plastic and metal lures to sighted fish. The tuna I have seen and caught this season have ranged in size from 12-16kg but stories are always floating around about bigger fish. Last year the average fish in this region was over 100kg but so far this season it is yet to produce any of these big barrels.

Let’s hope they turn up before the winter is over. If you haven’t caught a tuna or even if you’ve caught hundreds get out there now because in a month or two we will all be resorting back to fishing for salmon again.

Bream and trout

The Aire River is worth a visit as it has been giving up some good captures of black bream. Bait and lures work well on the bream in this river and the best fishing usually occurs when the river mouth opens to the ocean. With good rain falls at this time of year, the river will be open more often than not so rug up and brave the winter weather for some great fishing.

Although most Victorian rivers closed to trout fishing last month the Aire and Ford rivers remain open below the Great Ocean Road bridges. Walking the banks while casting small hardbodied lures should get the trout stirred up and with fish up to 2kg being available, this option shouldn’t be overlooked.

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