Reports from the Portland region have been good this week, with lots of anglers making the trip down to have a shot at the bluefin tuna. While the bluefin have been caught in good numbers, there have been more albacore tuna caught. Most of the fish are being caught around the shelf in 400-100m of water, with the horseshoe as popular as ever. Customer Andrew headed further west to Port Mac where he and some mates caught SBT to 17kg around the edge of the shelf, with all taking bright green coloured hardbodied on the troll. Rapala's Xrap 30 in dorado colour is an excellent option when a bright colour is needed.
Customers Vito and Zoran fished with a few mates over the weekend in search of the tuna and they found both bluefin and albies out around the horseshoe. A mixture of different coloured skirts caught the albies, while Xrap 30's in pilchard and redhead patterns claimed all of the bluefin.
Staff member Harley fished with a mate out around the horseshoe and further into the 1000m area where they landed 18 albacore up to around 20kg. Best performing lures included Xrap 30's in brown squid and petrolero as well as Richter soft grassys in UV blue and pink/blue, along with the Black Pete Dougal and bluefin candy in black and pink patterns.
Customer Johnny and mates fished around the shelf over the weekend and found all albacore on the Saturday, and then bluefin on the Sunday. Most of the fish were in the 15 - 20kg size range and most productive lures were Xrap 30's in brown squid and redhead, while the Richter soft grassy in 502/506 and UV blue were the best producing skirted lures.
Customer Jarrad fished out from Portland on the weekend with a cousin of his who was out from Canada. Jarrad and his cousin managed to land their bag of albacore out around the 1000m area. The most productive lure for the guys was a purple coloured tuna clone run in shotgun, with a few more fish taking jetheads and Xrap 30's run closer to the boat. The pilly coloured Xrap has been a good option for many.
Customers Milena, James and Damien had a leisurely session out around the horseshoe region over the weekend. After a late start they managed to get their bluefin and albacore on the inside edge of the horseshoe on a variety of lures including Xraps and skirts in lumo, pinks and blacks.