The offshore action continues around the state, with many anglers concentrating on bluefin tuna and kingfish. While the kingfish would be the harder of
the two to keep on top, the numbers of tuna round have been very exciting for the next few months ahead. The West coast has been holding good numbers
of tuna out from Portland all the way back to virtually Melbourne's doorstep.
Customer Tony fished out from Portland over the weekend in search of the tuna and found fish in the 20kg range. The fish were encountered from 20m depth out to around 60m of water, across to Julia Island. The most effective lures for the guys were small skirted lures in 'lumo' colour. Tony was fishing these smaller lures on lighter spin gear and lighter hooks, and he didn't lose any fish. Just remember to chose your hook correctly when changing between light and heavy tackle, or mono and braid.
Customer Jason also got into some bluefin action over the weekend, but with fish just outside of Port Phillip.heads. There have been schools of fish pushing
their way up into the bay all the way north of Mud Island. With plenty of food available, there's no reason for them to not be there! Jason found casting
stickbaits and poppers into the schools was most effective, with the schools giving themselves away only by the appearance of a 'shimmer' on the surface.
Casting to these fish is more effective than trolling through them in many instances.
While the kingies are still about and playing hard ball customer Joel had just about had his arms removed from his body after a trip across the ditch to
New Zealand. Joel fished hard for the monster kingfish that NZ in known for, and in 4 days stacked up nearly 60 fish - and all jigging! Needless to
say Joel won't be performing many tasks with his arms for the next 6 months or so, but who'd be complaining!