There has been some quality fishing out around the entrances to both bays and in Bass Strait over the last week or so. Reports of acres of Bluefin tuna hanging around, kingfish in good numbers off the headlands and reasonable shark fishing as well. While the tuna have been getting caught, most anglers aren't keeping their eyes peeled for signs that these fish are about. Water temperature and colour changes, seabirds hovering or shimmering 'slicks' of baitfish can be enough of an indication that the larger predators are around, so it's not just a matter of throwing a lure out and driving around until you hook up. Smaller lures have been working better than larger offerings lately as well, as most of the baitfish in the area are small pilchards and whitebait.


Customer Justin got outside over the weekend and went around towards Cape Schank where he managed 2 nice kingies. Justin caught one of the fish on a fresh squid head near the bottom and the other on a 'Slither' jig in 165g.

Customer Marty has been catching both tuna and kings down at King Island recently. Marty has found casting to be the most productive method on both fish, with soft plastics like 'sluggos' working well rigged on a jighead, and small surface stickbaits like the nomad 'madscad' also doing the job. Natural, baitfish colours are tricking the fish when conidtions are calm.


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Tasmania is the place for bream fishing. Pristine rivers, estuaries and landlocked lagoons dot the Isle and some of the bream that move in and out of these systems are massive. Customer Jack and his dad recently fished the apple isle chasing these bream were they did well. Zerek flash minnow soft plastics were the standout, with plenty of 40cm plus fish taken on them in Ansons bay. The flash minnows are also a durable 10x style soft plastic so lure casualties were kept to a minimum. 

 

 

While the southern bluefin tuna fishing can be good in western Victoria, the attraction of jumbo bluefin is what lures gamefisherman to Tasmania. Many of the fish caught around these southern waters are 100kg+ 'barrels' as these fish are regularly caught within a few kilometres from the shoreline. Customer Frank ventured down to the Apple Isle only a couple of weeks ago in search of his own 'barrel' and wasn't disappointed. Frank fished out from Eaglehawk Neck on the southeastern coast of Tasmania and was lucky enough to hook a jumbo sized tuna on his 50W Tiagra. After a 2 hour fight the fish was boated and weighed in at around 120kg. The big fish took a Rapala XRAP 30.

 

Black Magic representative Diego sent us some photos from his latest squid session while on the road in Tasmania. During a short session from the shore, Diego managed to land some crackers. Size 3.0 Black Magic jigs in the camo-red colour worked best.

 

While most anglers have been fishing western Victoria for the SBT, there have been a good number of anglers fishing the south-eastern coast of Tasmania at Eaglehawk neck. Customer Joe fished last week around the ‘Hippo’ – Hippolyte rocks, where SBT to 30kg were caught on Halco laser pro hardbodies – with the King Brown colour being the best.

Another local angler, Andrew managed quite a rare catch out from Eaglehawk neck while targeting SBT. Using a 24kg Penn Senator outfit, Andrew landed this 225kg broadbill swordfish, which is an awesome swordfish for anywhere, let alone the second ever landed on rod and reel in Tasmania.