Big bluefin still on the agenda
  |  First Published: June 2013

Cold harsh winds and grey seas greet a bluewater angler in June here in Tasmania.

Keeping that angler keen, and going out to sea at this time of year is the quality of the Tasmanian southern bluefin fishery. The number of 100kg fish boated so far this season has been remarkable. Not only have they made the magic 100kg mark, but more often than not, smashed it.

There has been a lot of interest in mainland anglers and a few have made the journey to come over and experience our world class bluefin fishing.

We welcome them, but we don’t let them take all the records home with them.

There are prospective Australian and possibly world record fish swimming around for all line classes.

This year like no other means June is the time to find that fish of a lifetime.

I have mentioned before the need to check and re check fishing gear.

This becomes even more prevalent when looking to put your name in the record books.

Give the boat and its equipment a once over and make sure the marine radio is in good working order. Learn correct radio procedures and log on to coastal radio at the start of the day and thank them for their coverage when logging off.

The men and women who service these very important roles are more often than not volunteers.

The crew must be well oiled in manoeuvring around the boat and be able to lay a hand on gimbal, harness and gaff poles swiftly and without fuss.

A 100kg bluefin has power and grunt unmatched by anything in Tasmanian waters, when the double comes onto the rod and the leader taken in hand things can go from mild to wild in quite a hurry.

Crew need to have their roles outlined long before you buy tickets to the pandemonium express.

So don’t let a chilly breeze put you off. Look at the forecast get a crew together and go hunt some Jumbo’s.

Team Double Black Penn with an awesome jumbo SBT taken around Eaglehawk Neck.

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