Catch of the Day: Tackleworld crew tackle bluefin

David Kramer from Tackleworld Cranbourne is a regular visitor to Narooma normally setting up camp over Christmas or other holidays.

When he got word of the amazing bluefin tuna run off Bermagui, he just had to make the dash up from Melbourne bringing three staff members with him.

The four Tackleworld guys fished with Simon Rinaldi from Red Hot Fishing Charters and here is David’s account of all the action:

If you were trying to get a seat at the Bermagui bowling club for dinner Sunday night, you could have been mistaken that it was Christmas holiday time; there was not a seat left in the Bistro.

That’s just what happens when the southern bluefin tuna are on the bite.

The run of tuna offshore has lured many anglers from Victoria to Bermagui in search of a different class of fish to that experienced in Victorian waters. Portland in Victoria’s far west has just experienced one of the best tuna seasons on record, however the fishing is different.

The Victorian catch is dominated by 15 – 25 kilo fish and then there is the barrels, the fish over 100 kilograms, but nothing in between.

Offshore from Bermagui, the current run of tuna is dominated by 60 kilo fish, and it’s the lure of this class of fish that has Victorians wearing a path along highway No.1 to Bermagui.

As a regular visitor to Narooma, I just had to make a dashing visit, bringing some of my Tackleworld staff so that they too could experience this class of tuna fishing.

In 40 hours, we travelled 1400kms by road, 150kms by sea and went home very wary but happy anglers having had a great day fishing for tuna.

The fish were well south on Monday, and once the school was located and the radio call went out, more than 50 boats congregated on the area and at one stage every single boat was hooked up to a tuna.

The run of southern bluefin tuna off the South Coast of NSW is fast becoming a ‘must do’ for Victorian anglers and the local area can only expect this run of tuna to attract more and more visiting Victorian anglers each year as the words spreads.


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