17 April, 2014

Fresh from a couple of fleeting visits to the South-West fishing for tuna, Kev McLoughlin was back on home territory today adding some variety to the Good Friday seafood menu, with this nice snapper off Angelsea.603626_10203156935540241_6966305703152783359_n

Below are some impressive statistics from Scott Gray’s day out at the shelf trolling for tuna yesterday off Port Fairy. The trip out was 20-25 knots, home was 25-30 knots, with trolling in between. All the trolling was with diving minnow lures using only 3L fuel per hour.

Boat: Seacruiser 5600CC
Motor: 2013 Suzuki DF140ATX
Dry weight: 1200kg
Load: 415kg
Total weight: 1615kg
Distance travelled: 174km
Fuel used: 86 litres
Average economy: 0.49 litres/kmScott Gray



16 April, 2014

Another day of magnificent conditions on the brine, and another day of magnificent catches from all South-West Ports.

Scott Gray caught plenty, this brilliant pic being a highlight.10013938_227778114084908_5001026674314703657_n

Bruce Ludeman in his big Stabicraft, “Snoopdog”, went from Warrnambool this morning, first fish was caught in 150m (x2), then a 3 way hookup at 200m in line with Julia Percy Island – larger fish of 20-plus kg (x5). By 10.45am the boys had had enough and headed home.IMG_1402

Jeremy Porter had a good trip off Port Fairy with 4 tuna and 1 albacore, fishing with Jason Porter and his son Jaylen, finishing up by 11:30 and leaving them biting.IMG_4757 IMG_4758

Steve Moore from Warrnambool Holiday Park got out on the water today as well, ensuring he has provided for the family’s Good Friday seafood requirements!  Warrnambool Holiday Park has fantastic accommodation and facilities – including boat-friendly sites and cabins.1601317_692691370793515_5329840229256608445_n 10250198_692640097465309_4436264510157914682_n

Kev McLoughlin, fishing with Phil and Mark Stuart off Port Fairy, caught any amount (40+) of tuna and albies, releasing plenty and also stopping for a drift afterwards, adding a ripper 17kg school shark to the bag.10151159_10203153116004755_7091143029627019178_n 10259921_10203152844437966_7922207069276800446_n



15 April, 2014

Father and son Alex and Thiago Pimentel had the fight of a lifetime this morning off Port Fairy on a jumbo tuna, bringing it beside the boat after a 4 hour battle, where one final dive and the fish won its freedom.  The big tuna took an 8-inch Tsutomu Glow Bullet lure.  Well done guys, especially on managing a few pics as well.859273_602929043136505_4377378943711053642_o 1048828_602929013136508_5952753019436215640_o 1604762_602928996469843_3565227600383037052_n

Don got his first tuna aboard Time Out Fishing off Port Fairy today:IMG_4753

Colin Dobson and Greg Beatty got some ripper blue eye yesterday of Port Mac, and today also had multiple makos.IMG_4744

Down at the Hopkins River this afternoon, water testing a new Anglapro Getaway 424 Pro, and just as we were back at the ramp young Jye Wilson, making the most of his school holidays, caught and released this nice 34cm bream off the jetty, which fought well on the light gear, so there are plenty of options other than out deep offshore!IMG_1396

14 April, 2014

Peter McEwen and mates had a good day out with Time Out Fishing at Port Fairy, doing some inshore bottom fishing – a great alternative while the tuna are still out wide.IMG_4743

The sensational run of albacore and tuna right across south-west Vic and South Australia continued today, pictured here is the happy crew from Matt Hunt Fishing Services with their catch off Portland.  Basically all of the trolling has been ‘blind’, with very little bird and surface action.  Crews are reporting success on all different types and sizes of lures, with individual ones having standout sessions.  The horseshoe area and to the west has been consistently productive, but the fish are spread very far and wide, from Warrnambool to Port MacDonnell.  There have also been reports of the odd much larger fish lost, and seen busting the surface.10177432_616658131758711_3826707759113697704_n

Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters had a great day yesterday on their boat Jaymar Star, with 25 tuna/albacore, Tassie trumpeter and a gummy over 20kg.

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Portland Fishing Charters has seen plenty of tuna and albacore action in recent days aboard their big vessel, “Southern Pride”.976530_706091772766841_1771299767_o 10168017_708342195875132_4693739264324818433_n

Salty Dog Charters at Port Fairy has also been enjoying great catches of tuna and albacore, and is a great option being that bit closer to Melbourne.10013267_852187494807500_507264970008243071_n
Game on Charters at Portland also continue their good run of form!
10256513_1484607978421386_553500811577449064_nMatthew Hunt Fishing Services had a good weekend on the water as well10154087_616195358471655_6160711414095367170_n
Last weekend Ron & the boys had a ball on Bagout Fishing Charters with bluefin to 25kg & albies to 15kg & lots of them. 400mt to 800mt depth was the go, with x-rap red bait & purple black herring in top form.IMG_1873