Tag: tuna


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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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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