Big tuna still on the bite

Zac Whitford with a Bluefin Tuna. (Supplied)

Peri Stavropolous

The local run of bluefin tuna is still going offshore anywhere between Cape Schanck through to Torquay with Barwon Heads still remaining the hotspot.

Trolling deeper diving lures has been a popular method as the fish have been pushed a bit deeper in the water due to the boat traffic however they have been popping up on the surface too.

Zac, Josh and Andrew Whitford got out Saturday morning in search of some local tuna action and were not disappointed.

The boys noticed the tuna were only feeding on very small bait fish and making the change to some smaller skirts worked a treat getting stuck into multiple fish.

Yellowtail kingfish reports are still rolling through with good reports off Torquay and also in the ‘RIP’.

Jigging smaller knife jigs offshore and slightly bigger jigs for the ‘RIP’. Live baiting and casting lures are also accounting for plenty of kings too.

Gummy sharks and snapper have been biting well offshore just off the reefs in 30 metres of water, dropping baits such as fresh salmon and calamari are ideal with snapper to 4kg and gummies to 20kg.

Coming back inside Port Phillip Bay and there has been plenty of good fishing options if the weather isn’t letting you get offshore.

Big gummy sharks have been chewing well in the southern part of Port Phillip with the South Channel holding some huge fish.

Calamari and whiting are still biting well right around the Bellarine Peninsula with St Leonards holding the bigger numbers and better quality fish.

Werribee South is still holding lots of whiting too, one thing these spots have in common is that fishing the tide change is the biggest key to success.

Australian salmon are currently holding in massive numbers all over the inner and outer harbour and can be easily spotted as they are busting on the surface most of the time, once found casting small 3inch minnow style soft plastics will result in a fish nearly every cast.

The Melbourne metro bream fishing at the moment has been on fire with both the Yarra and the Maribyrnong River all holding some great fish.

Luka Lončarić from Trellys Laverton has been fishing the system quite a bit lately and has been landing some cracking fish to 38cm all on Ecogear SX40F hard bodies. Other lures such as cranka crabs and small soft plastics should work well too and you’re with every chance of a mulloway fishing these systems.

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