Victoria – the Place for Bluefin Charters
Victoria has now become the Mecca of Bluefin Tuna fishing.
Without a doubt these prestigious and special fish are probably the biggest fishing adventure available in Victoria.
Over the past few seasons there has been many incidents of tuna being caught that are well over 150kg. These fish are found in the waters in Western Victoria and tend to be in good numbers from Apollo Bay through to the South Australian border.
Portland, however, has been a very consistent area and without doubt the most reliable place for tuna to turn up.
You have to go out to get them
As with most "game fishing" these Southern Bluefin Tuna can usually be found a long way out to sea and often over the continental shelf this makes for long travel times and also provides opportunity to see and experience some amazing things in the ocean.
Most of the fishing is trolling, driving slowly towing an assortment of lures. This is how we hunt for them as we watch keenly for any sign of birds diving, Hovering or fish splashing on the surface.
This is definitely one of the most exciting forms of fishing - there are not many things that can compare to seeing tuna busting up on the surface and then towing lures around them, only to have one rod after the other get hit by these fish; and to see and hear line scream of the reels faster than you ever dreamed possible.
It's certainly something that you will never forget!
Some of our customers choose to drive down and drive home on the same day, However some would rather stay and enjoy the scenery as well as make it a bit easier than fitting it all into the same day. Most of our trips are run from Port Fairy which is around 70 km closer to Melbourne, And we recommend the Gumtree caravan park in port fairy if you are looking for a peaceful and affordable accomodation option. We also have some contacts in Portland that offer great accomodation if we are fishing from there
The prime times to catch these fish are from Easter until late July so if any of the weekends or public holidays are of interest to you then contact us quickly as they will not last long!
Duration: Up to 10 hours
Cost: To book the boat with a maximum of 5 people, the cost is: $1200 for the whole boat or individuals can be grouped together at $300 pp.
Depart from: Port Fairy public boat ramp cnr Rogers place and Griffiths street, or Portland harbour public boat ramps