Tag: offshore fishing


tuna at Port Fairy
September 24, 2017

Our Tuna Season 2017

The bluefin tuna season 2017 is as good as over, and we didn’t get to make the most of it. Between working more weekends, having higher boat loan repayments so our fuel budget is tight, the wind and weather being really squally throughout August, and then our boat having to go back to Sailfish HQ for repairs … we didn’t get to fish as much as we wanted. Here are some highlights, though: Multiple hook-ups: Port Fairy in June Hooking but losing a barrel: Bring on tuna season in 2018!...

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humpback whale
October 01, 2016

Whales, Dolphins and Seals

Our last trip to Portland, at the end of the bluefin tuna season, was not profitable. But of all the boats that were out, I think only two boats caught anything. So it’s clearly starting to dry up, and the fish are moving on. But when one species leaves, the season for the next species begins, and we have heard lots of reports of the beginning of the snapper season in Port Phillip Bay kicking off with a few big ones caught. And as the weather continues to warm up, the sharks......

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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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why i fish
July 04, 2016

Why Fishing?

So a lot of people who know me well always ask me: “Bro, why do you go fishing? You jump out of planes, you whitewater kayak, you’re into your motorbike racing and then you go fishing. Why??” My answer to them is this: Fishing is one of those sports that has everything in it. It can leave you on the highest of highs … and the lowest of lows. The chance to see things, like tuna busting up the surface in a mad feeding frenzy and the birds dive bombing the bait,......

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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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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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why i fish

When I go fishing off the south NSW coast, I go on the Ultimate. This footage is from a 2012 trip, so it’s a bit old, but it was a great fishing trip. Look forward to more videos, because I will be filming more of my fishing, as well as reviews and other information … coming soon!...

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Using Berley Offshore
May 17, 2015

Using Berley Offshore

While you cannot change the water temperature or the weather, much less control the moon, you can time your trips to take advantage of them. Similarly, even though seasonal movements of bait and injections of storm-washed foods are beyond your organisational ability, you can fake such events by the use of berley. Berley is used in all forms of offshore fishing including game and sports fishing as well as fishing over a reef for bottom dwellers. Sending down a cloud of easily gathered food among a bunch of sleepy fish can change......

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