Fishing Information


Life on the Line
November 09, 2019

Life on the Line

On Wednesday 6th November at the IMAX at the Melbourne Museum, Al McGlashan launched his passion project about Southern Bluefin Tuna – the documentary Life on the Line. This had many supporters and contributors, and is a fantastic story about how sustainable management can turn around the decline of a species – the Southern Bluefin Tuna (“SBT”). SBT was driven to the brink of extinction in the 1980s as demand for its highly-prized meat increased. The documentary tells the story of how government, industry, research and the fishing community worked together, here......

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Fishing regulations 2019

I always say that you shouldn’t complain unless you contribute, or you’re willing to put your hand up to get involved. This is your chance to contribute to the development of new fishing regulations for Victoria. The Victorian Department of Transport is seeking feedback on the proposed new Fishing Regulations. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring our fisheries resources are sustainable and shared by the Victorian fishing community. The Regulations facilitate the licensing of the recreational and indigenous fishing, commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors in Victoria and aim to effectively manage......

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boat maintenance off the water
September 16, 2018

Boat Maintenance Off the Water

Work has been getting in the way, and we haven’t been fishing since the Apollo Bay competition in July! So time to do maintenance on the boat, the motors, and the trailer. Here’s what we do: Lucky we did this maintenance, because one of the tyres was nearly to the canvas! Time for a new tyre. Also lucky we took extra time with the motors, because one of them had some issues with the hydraulics on the mount. So we got that serviced by Honda. All ready for the September long weekend......

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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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