Southern bluefin tuna are back in Portland
  |  First Published: March 2013

The terrific southern bluefin tuna fishing is well under way.

The first SBT caught for the season weighed 27kg on the 22nd January 2013 while two boating parties were fishing for flathead and gummies out in front of Cape Bridgewater in 40m of water.

On the following day a further four SBT were caught weighing from 22-28kg with a further five being caught and released. The two boats of lucky anglers were John Young with sons Steve and Tyson and Steve Xuereb and son Joel all of Melbourne. This got the feeding frenzy happening with the game fishing addicts beginning to arrive into town to try their luck at catching the fish of a lifetime.

The heaviest SBT weighed to date is 30.4kg but no doubt with all reports coming in there is every indication the SBT are in good numbers and sizes, so make sure all your gear is up and ready to go. There is a lot of action with birds diving, seals and dolphins with endless amounts of bait fish in close but this too could also change as the season progresses, as this is an early start the action will either stay in close or move further out towards the shelf depending on the feeding patterns and warm current flows.

For those heading out to the shelf targeting blue eye trevalla, ling, blue grenadier and hapuku have had good results generally bagging out with good sized blue eye to up to15kg which is always another option while on the continental shelf.

Along with SBT, yellowtail kingfish have also been coming in to the cleaning tables with the heaviest being weighed to date of 9.2kg amongst a bag of nine kingfish caught by Peter McClunie and crew from Melbourne while fishing over Minerva Reef along the north shore. Kevin McNabb and crew had a good days outing landing 12 kingfish ranging from 2-6kg on his last outing chasing these elusive fish.

There have been good catches of school sharks, gummy sharks, whiting, calamari squid, snapper, the odd mulloway and big salmon up to 5kg coming in from the north shore. Boating parties not chasing SBT and fishing around the back have returned with good catches of flathead and gummy sharks while fishing out in front of Cape Bridgewater, BUT beware of the resident great white shark from 4-5m long.

Fishing between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson Lighthouse have seen mixed bags of snapper up to 8kg, nannygai, coral perch, blue morwong, salmon, school shark and the odd gummy shark. For those venturing out to the 65-85m mark out in front of Lawrence Rock, mako sharks have also made their presence felt. Ken and Trev from Melbourne landed a nice 96.2kg mako on 10kg line along with other makos ranging from 30-110kg.

Boating parties heading out between Pivot and Blacknose and Point Danger have been returning with good catches of whiting ranging from 40-60cm along with catches of snapper and calamari squid. Fishing the flathead grounds off Alcoa there have been some good catches of whiting and flathead.

Land-based anglers fishing off the Lee Breakwater have had catches of snapper, whiting, calamari squid, the odd kingfish, gummy shark and school shark.

Fishing in and around the harbour off the trawler wharf and marina calamari squid, snapper, whiting, bream have also made their presence felt.

For those freshwater fishing the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers are still producing good numbers and sizes of bream on soft plastics and lures. Good-sized redfin have also been landed at Bridgewater Lakes and Hotspur.

We would like to thank everybody who entered and sponsored our 9th annual fishing competition it was again a great weekend enjoyed by all, we hope to see you again next year. We would particularly like to thank Melbourne Storm for allowing us the great privilege to have the NRL national trophy on display for the weekend

For all your latest fishing and weather reports give us a call on 0355235213, we are open 7 days a week from 7 till 7 or check Bob’s fishing report on www.wildblue.com.au

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