While the shark fishing reports are normally quiet during the winter months, there is still the odd one around to be caught. Most anglers turn their attention towards other fish species but there are still enough sharks to be caught, especially out around the tuna schools in the state's West.
Customer Paul recently sent us a photo of a chunky mako that he caught fishing out from Port Welshpool.
Paul was fishing around 20km out from the Welshpool entrance for sharks when this monster took one of his baits of fresh salmon.
After a 2 hour fight on 15kg tackle the shark was finally restrained next to the boat. The fish measured 2.9m long and weighed 230kg. Paul said that during the fight it jumped 4 times, and another mako of around 100kg jumped a few times next to Paul's hooked fish.
On the tuna front there have still been enough fish hanging around Portland and Port Fairy for anglers to have some fun with.
James from Unreel Fishing Charters has still been having fun with the school tuna out of Portland, with skirts doing the best job on his recent outings. James has had his cousin onboard earlier in the week, with plenty of tuna to keep everyone happy, along with a few nice dolphinfish. West of Cape Nelson has been the better area for the dolphinfish and bluefin.
If you're going to hit the bluefin up before the season draws to a close, make sure you've got a few of these specials! Rapala's 4 brand new colours in the XRAP30 range - sailfish, hot pink, wahoo and redhead. All of these colours are UV enhanced to stand out, and come pre-rigged with single hooks straight out of the packet, ready to catch fish!
We're also running a super special for anglers wanting a good quality tuna/shark outfit at an awesome price; a Shimano Tyrnos 50 single speed, Penn Carnage 24kg rollertip rod and 2 Pakula Mosquitos all for just $279!
If you're in need of another tuna rod, we're also doing a crazy special on Penn Carnage 15kg RT's at just $72, and Shimano Backbone 15kg RT's for only $68! - tuna rods for the price of a snapper rod!