There has been plenty of talk of bluefin tuna over the last week or so, which is good as most anglers only assume tuna season is May-June. Yes they are
certainly about during late autumn and winter, but some of the best tuna fishing can be had right now no matter where you're fishing for them. While
many anglers may find the thoughts of finding tuna locally quite daunting, there are normally fish around within reach of offshore anglers during the
summer months. These fish can be very flighty however, and trolling straight through bait schools with big lures very rarely cuts it. A lot of these
fish are feeding on schools of small whitebait and pilchards or similar sized prey, so scaling down your gear and lure choices is the way to go.
James Roger from Unreel Fishing Charters has spent some time last week down fishing around Portland where he has caught some nice bluefin tuna with his sons. The tuna have been around in small numbers along the west coast, with the inshore reefs and contours holding fish.
A fair bit closer to home the tuna have been making their presence felt, with a ripper bluefin caught by James' son Dylan amongst some nice kingies just
earlier this week. This nice fish was caught on a small pilchard patterned stickbait on a 3000 sized stradic reel, and took nearly 2hrs to land! The
best part was this fish was caught just out from Flinders, where a few fish have been hooked - even by locals fishing from the pier.