Fishing Information


early season tuna
January 22, 2021

Early season tuna

In early January, there were hundreds of small school bluefin tuna straight out the front of the Port Phillip Bay heads, stretching West along to Barwon Heads. They were in very close, and the large schools were clearly visible in the swell and on the surface. But they just were not eating! They would not take lures, whether trolled or stick-bait. Those who were spear fishing could do well, if they could see them in the water. We were luck enough to have a couple of these early season tuna. When we......

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Refuge cove
December 30, 2020

Refuge Cove

With COVID-19 lockdowns throughout 2020, we really hadn’t taken the boat out much or explored the Victorian coastline.So in the break between Christmas and New Year, we took the dogs for a trip to Refuge Cove for a couple of nights. It was their first time on the boat without being able to get off for a couple of days, so it was a good chance to see how they coped. Refuge Cove was a day trip from Queenscliff, on the Eastern side of Wilson Promontory. It can only be got to......

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Record hunting
June 08, 2020

Record hunting

When fishing under the Game Fishing Association rules, you can fish line for certain types of fish with a particular line class, and go record hunting. Head here to check out all the Australian and State records. This is currently what we are doing for Jacqui, but made the mistake of not being certain of what the record was that needed to be beaten! Here are the current Victorian females records for Southern Bluefin Tuna: On 4kg line – 23 kg (this is also the Australian record) On 6kg line – 21.52kg......

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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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