Warm currents bring on the tuna
  |  First Published: April 2013

Although it seems like only yesterday that summer arrived, here we are already fishing autumn.

Unfortunately the days are getting shorter but they should also be offering the angler predominantly calm conditions with warm currents and plenty of fish.

The warm currents will have hopefully bought with them an array of game fish such as tuna, sharks and yellowtail kingfish.

Large numbers of flathead and squid should still be available in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with Australian salmon and small juvenile barracouta also offering good sport.

Large bream will be readily available through the states many estuary systems.

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With a mixture of fish being caught during late February some anglers have been catching large numbers of albacore while others were catching southern bluefin tuna up to 40kg.

It is hoped we have a similar season to last year with anglers excited about the prospects of large numbers of school sized bluefin.

Besides bluefin, yellowfin tuna, mako sharks and marlin are also realistic options.

Trolling bibbed and bibbless minnows will be effective as will using traditional skirted lures. Keep in mind albacore often prefer smaller offerings.

For those anglers wanting to stick a little closer to the shore wrasse, flathead, leatherjacket, mackerel and squid are all available.

The Pirates Bay jetty can make for a great fishing platform especially late in the day. Calamari and mackerel are popular target species after dark.

Fishing the shoreline along Fortescue Bay is also popular.


At the time of writing there are reports of southern bluefin tuna being caught wide off the Atkins and it would be safe to say Pedra Branca and Whale Rock would also be producing good catches.

A favourite haunt of mine the Lune River that winds through the valley offers an array of sheltered water fishing. Resident trout can be caught throughout the river with the occasional atlantic salmon also available.

The middle reaches of the river will give up some solid bream, yellow eye mullet and flathead. Autumn is a great time of year with minimal inflows and clear water. Lure, fly and bait are all effective methods with it well recognised the larger fish fall to bait.

For those after a feed of flathead the river mouth and the waters just beyond offer good sport. Bait fishing with a berley trail and soft plastic fishing are the two recommended methods.

Southern Rivers

The perfect day trip: the Huon, Denison, Russel and Weld rivers all offer the trout angler an array of options. During late summer and autumn all these waters produce very good numbers of brown and rainbow trout.

All methods are effective with lure and fly being the two most commonly used techniques. Lure anglers will do well with Celtas, small bibbed minnows and soft plastics.

Fly anglers will do well on daybreak and again during the late afternoon and into the early evening. Large buoyant dry flies are popular with grasshoppers patterns very effective on warm days.

Bait fishing with small grasshoppers is productive. The visual aspect itself can create a hype of activity especially if fishing with young children.

At the time of writing the rivers are very low hence anglers are praying for a little rain to put some flow back in the system.

The fishing just after rain can be very productive.

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