Fishing Information


Apollo Bay
July 31, 2016

Apollo Bay

We are trying a lot of new spots this season, particularly chasing blue fin tuna. A couple of weeks ago, we tried Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road for the first time. It was a bit difficult to get too, because we either had to drive along the Great Ocean Road, or down the hills through the Otways. Apollo Bay was the location of the recent fishing competition run by the Victoria Game Fishing Club. We went and caught a few school tuna on Saturday, but nothing on Sunday. The fishing......

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big murray cod
July 23, 2016

Large Murray Cod

Two weeks ago, my old man caught a 106cm Murray Cod. In years past, a fish this size would not have been uncommon, and they were usually kept to eat. Now, it is rare to get a fish this size, or at all. And most people who fish for Murray Cod want to preserve the species as much as possible, so they are released back into the water after being caught (as was this big one). The Murray Cod is the largest fish water fish in Australia, and can grow as big......

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bluefin tuna

Three weeks ago, I went to Port Fairy with my wife and the dog. We did pretty well, and came home with a lot of bluefin tuna for the freezer. On 29 June, I went back to Port Fairy with my mate Todd Makin, for three days. The ocean was really rough, and last two days were really windy. The swell was about 5 metres, and the chop was horrible. We couldn’t fish much those days, as it was a bit dangerous. But the first day made up for it. We bagged......

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Port Fairy
June 17, 2016

Port Fairy

With the long weekend, we wanted to make sure we got back on the water and got some Southern Blue Fin tuna. We’d had a shot at Portland for the first time a few weeks ago, but we were a bit early in the season – we got plenty of Albacore, but no Blue Fin. We really wanted to get back to Portland, but the weather forecast wasn’t great. We had recently signed by for Bouyweather, which is great tool. It suggested that the weather would be slightly better on either side......

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calamari
May 14, 2016

Our Calamari Tool

When we started saltwater fishing again, one of our trips had to be to catch a whole lot of squid in Port Phillip Bay. But when it came time to clean them, because it has been a few years, it took me a while to work out what I was doing. When I had worked it out, it was still ultra fiddly. Luckily, when was went to the 4×4 Fishing and Boating expo in Melbourne last year, we came across the SquidEzy. It’s fantastic for getting your calamari clean. Our set is......

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Portland
May 07, 2016

Portland

We finally got a chance to get to Portland. It’s a 5 hour drive, so it’s not one that we will do regularly, but we were very impressed by the boat ramp facilities and what was getting caught. It’s coming into blue fin tuna season. We thought we’d go down to Portland to get some early blue fin. We didn’t manage to catch any, though. But we did catch quite a few albacore tuna instead, which taste even better anyway. This is certainly a spot we will be returning to, so hopefully......

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Kangaroo Island
April 03, 2016

Kangaroo Island

For a week, we went to Kangaroo Island to explore and check out the fishing. As usual, the weather wasn’t our best friend, but we were able to get out for a good fish most days. When I was looking forward to going on this trip, my main goal was to burly for some Great White sharks. I am fascinated by Great Whites and would love to see one in the water beside my boat. But after the first day fishing for tuna from Kangaroo Island, this was my focus for the......

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Gear for Your Boat: Live Bait Tanks and Cutting Boards

Good gear can help you catch fish. Dead bait often doesn’t cut it. Using live bait, whether it is worms or yabbies, or slimy mackerel, will usually be a more reliable bait. So we need to keep our live bait alive! Worms will usually last in their tub for a weekend, so long as they don’t dry out. Live prawns or yabbies will often last in a bucket – sometimes a portable aerator will help them last longer. But for larger bait fish, nothing beats a live bait holding tank built into......

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Western Port
February 20, 2016

Western Port

We had our first experience at Western Port recently. Beautiful place, but unfortunately everyone on the boat got very seasick! We went in our boat through the Eastern entrance around Philip Island to fish for Mako sharks. The swell was fairly big, and we were drifting in the current as we put down a burley trail. Unfortunately the current didn’t drift us along the coast, but diagonally back in towards Phillip Island. So by the time we had a decent burley trail down, we were back into fairly shallow water. Luckily none......

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How Water Affects Fish
February 13, 2016

How Water Affects Fish

Water depth Many beginner anglers throw their bates and lures well past many fish that are waiting in shallow waters – deep water is not necessarily required for catching good fish. Generally, what determines how much water a fish will want over its head is how safe it feels and where the available foods is located. For example, marling hunt and feed in depths ranging from 10-20 metres to as deep as the waters off the Continental Shelf. Australian bass feed in depths ranging from 3-5 metres to as deep as 50......

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