There has been action aplenty with the arrival of the 100kg+ barrels of southern bluefin tuna, along with plenty of school tuna up to 20kg as well as large albacore to 30kg.
To date there has been approximately 30 large tuna landed with most coming from east of Portland in 50m of water straight out in front of Port Fairy. Many anglers have been heading out of this historic port which has turned the town into mayhem, with its lack of facilities and parking areas.
Plenty of other anglers still launch from Portland and head past Julia Percy Island to get to the hot spot, which is roughly the same distance as travelling from Portland to the continental shelf.
The heaviest tuna landed out of Victorian waters was caught by Karl Kassab and crew, which was weighed in Portland with a weight of 156.4kg which pipped Alistair McGlashan’s fish of 154.6kg: the record for 24 hours. Al’s fish was caught on 24kg line which is now a pending Victorian and Australian record.
Shane Crommie landed a 144.6kg SBT out of Port Fairy and this fish got the ball rolling that the barrels were back. Other captures have been landed by Bruce Harris with crew of Christian Kock and Tim Clark at 116.9kg, Manny Cassar and his dad weighed a fish of 129.5kg, Mark Busher and crew weighed a fish of 122.7kg, Vince, Danny and John weighed a fish of 123kg, and Phil Daffy of Game On Charters while fishing with Mark Burke and crew weighed a fish of 132kg. This is to name just a few, as there were plenty of these monster fish landed over this mad period.
School fish and albacore have been landed out of Portland from 50-130m of water, while for those travelling to the shelf have also been coming home with their bag limits.
The majority of boats have been back at the cleaning tables by 1pm.
In July the fishing will all depend on Mother Nature, as there are reports of large schools of tuna still heading this way.
For those heading out to the shelf there have still been good catches of blue eye trevalla, blue grenadier and ling for those taking the time out from tuna fishing and wishing to partake of this exciting new fishery.
Anglers not targeting SBT have been bringing in good catches of gummy shark, school shark, flathead, nannygai, knifejaw, and good sized snapper out in the deeper waters of 50-100m.
Land-based anglers fishing in and around Portland have been catching Australian salmon, gummy and schoolie shark, snapper, calamari, garfish and the odd whiting.
Fresh water anglers fishing the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers have been doing well with some good-sized bream coming in from these areas.
Make sure you give us a call if your thinking of heading down to Portland for all your latest fishing and weather reports, along with helpful GPS marks for those heading out chasing tuna and albacore as well as what lures and colours are working best.
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