Albacore and Smaller Tuna
  |  First Published: June 2006

After the record breaking last couple of months, the normal tuna run is underway with fish swimming past in the shallow waters amongst the washed in krill.

In 80 to 120m of water, south of Lawrence Rock, the rough weather and swell brings the krill in off the shelf and begins the food chain in close. So you don’t have travel out far to catch tuna.

Some large tuna move with these migrating fish, which measure 1m or more. The secret is to locate the moving schools, which can be difficult when they don’t always have diving birds over them.

Tuna are traditionally a rough weather fish and usually bite better in these conditions. It’s a good idea to find out what bait they are feeding on – matching their size is more important than matching their colour.

Tuna travel at speeds of approximately 7 or 8 knots. If you’re going any slower then you’ll lose your lures to big ‘couta.

Bob McPherson and son Shawn had a goods day’s outing whilst coming back from the albacore grounds on the shelf. They had five strikes and landed four tuna, three of which were tagged and released. One was kept.

Locals Tim Clark and Brent Murray landed two tuna and Steve Atkinson one.

These fish are now moving past and won’t last beyond July, if previous seasons are anything to go by.

Other reports from the shelf suggest that anglers have enjoyed good catches of albacore.

Let’s hope that next year will be another mind-blowing tuna-fest to mark on the calendar. Well done to Rob Zynevitch and crew for his record-breaking 120.71 kg southern bluefin – quite a fish!

Lee Breakwall

Land based anglers fishing from the Lee Breakwall have caught some nice snapper ranging from 2 to 5kg. Local Nelson Milich caught two snapper, one of 4.5kg and another of 5kg.

Tim O’Brien caught some good snapper, 2 and 4kg, whiting to 40cm and gummy sharks off the Lee and along to the North Shore.

Large snapper have also been landed as Terry Benson can vouch for. He brought home snapper of 4.5 and 5.2kg from off Snapper Point.

Haddock will be cruising around the harbour. With some fresh water flushing out the canal mullet will also be on the move.

The marina has been fishing well for whiting, pinkies and the odd trevally. The trawler wharf is another spot fishing well for snapper and the occasional whiting.

Some fishing in 60 to 80m of water between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson have done well for good sized snapper, morwong and coral perch. Local Vern McCullum managed a 26kg snapper shark thrown in for good measure.

Others have found snook and lithe from traditional locations such as the North Shore and Lawrence Rock. Pulses of salmon have also come in from both the inside and outside of the harbour.

For all the latest fishing reports give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225. We’re open 7 days a week from 7am to 7 pm in our new store at 111 Bentinck St, Portland. Our new outboard mechanic is also available for all your service needs and repairs.

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