Another record for Barrett

TALENTED ANGLER: Georgia Barrett with a record 9.5kg tuna on 3kg line class.

By Jamie Coates

THE weekend’s weather was fairly good for the offshore anglers fishing in the Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club’s tuna tournament.

With plenty of fish being caught so far, it looks like we could be in for a cracker.

There has been no shortage of school sized tuna this week, with fish spread out from the 20-metre line all the way to the shelf.

The fish have varied in size from 5kg though to 18kg or so.

The bigger fish seem to be a little bit deeper, but they are spread out.

Georgia Barrett fished with her father Dewain and notched up another record, this time for her 9.5kg tuna on 3kg line class.

There have been some nice shark captures already, the most notable being a pending world record caught by shark whisperer Kev Mcloughlin, a 28.12kg school shark on 2kg line, an incredible effort.

The surf fishos have been into some reasonable sharks from the beach this week.

Wayne Little and Marcus Benjamin beached some nice fish down at Piccininni, managing three between them in a short couple of hours.

There have been a few caught through Canunda NP that I have heard of too, but guys are keeping their secret spots to themselves.

All I know is fresh salmon is the bait of choice.

The salmon fishing has been fairly good through there, but it should continue to improve.

I have heard of a few fish from the Beachport salmon hole this week and although the numbers are good, the size is still a bit on the small side.

Whiting fishos have still been finding some nice fish inside the Port MacDonnell breakwater this week.

The numbers might be slowly thinning out, but if you can manage half a dozen fish in a couple of hours, that is still pretty good going.

There are still plenty of other species that you will run into in there too such as flathead, trevally and salmon trout, so once you get that burley going, you never know what might turn up.

Land-based anglers have had it a bit tougher this week with the weed moving back into some of our more accessible areas, but that can all change in one big tide.

There have been a few anglers targeting mullet this week.

With the fairly big seas in previous weeks, weed on the beach has started to break down and now the bugs and maggots in the weed are falling into the water and fattening up the local mullet.

Everyone has their own theory of the best baits, but with a steady burley trail and either some cut cockle or peeled prawns, you should not struggle to take home a feed.

In the same sort of areas you will find garfish and tommies, so put a few hours in and I think you will be rewarded.

The inland fishing has been going well again this week.

I have seen some great redfin pictures from the guys at Rocklands Reservoir.

Sounding the fish up the dropping vibes or soft plastics seems to be the best bet this week, but trolling or casting lures would be a close second.

The bait guys have done pretty well using worms from the bank, but there is a lot of carp in there.

The Glenelg River was a busy place over the weekend with the Vic Bream Classic holding one of their qualifying rounds down there.

With anglers given the chance to launch at three different ramps on the river, they were quite well spread out.

The fishing was hot for some, but not so for others.

There were some chunky fish caught right through the river, with the pick of lures being soft plastics.

There have also been a handful of mulloway caught this week, some up around that 80cm mark.

They too have been spread out, so just trust your sounder, find the bait and find the fish.

The forecast does not look good for the weekend.

Hopefully it does not come in as bad as expected, but if not, we are lucky in the South East to have so many poor weather options.

Until next week, safe fishing.