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Well done to Jeffrey James and crew, Richie Belteky and Paul McGregor. You fellas are this week’s “catch of the week” with your 88.5kg southern bluefin tuna which came out of 30m of water at Cape Nelson. Congratulations boys!

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SOUTHERN BLUEFIN TUNA
PORTLAND
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Good customer (and Veterinary Scientist) Dr Paul Hardy-Smith landed a 100kg barrel this morning fishing in 30m of water at Cape Nelson. Paul said he was only on the water for 30 mins. The fish took 300m of line in its first run, but he had it boat side in 15 minutes. Paul practiced what he preaches and the fish was immediately spiked (first), then bled, then gilled and gutted and put into slush ice within 10 minutes of coming on the boat. The result – the perfect tuna!
FREE TUNA WORKSHOPS – PORTLAND THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS @ 7pm
Paul will be conducting free workshops this Friday and Saturday night at the Portland Angling Club, Lee Breakwater, just near the boat ramps at 7pm.

Some of you may have seen Paul at our Tackle World talk nights; he is a true professional when it comes to fish health, catch, keep or release. If you’re in Portland, make sure you get along to a workshop, this Friday and Saturday night.
PORTLAND
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This cracker bluefin weighed in at 88.5kg and was caught by angler Jeffrey James and good mates Richie Belteky and Paul McGregor. The boys were fishing in 30m of water off Cape Nelson when the rod went off and they were strapped in for a 2.5 hour battle. The lure that caught this fish appears to be a Pakula in the Evil Angel colour. Awesome fish boys!
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Angler Terry Borg landed this cracker 60kg+ bluefin out from Cape Nelson on Wednesday. It appears that the fish took a white X-rap. Love your work Terry.

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Staff members Harley, Gerry and Kallan headed down to Portland on Monday and Tuesday. Although the photos don’t do it justice, conditions were quite sloppy on the first day which only allowed the boys to troll with 3 rods comfortably. 5 out of the 7 fish on the first day all came on the big Bonze Islander, a big lure for school fish, but they weren’t the target… Unfortunately the guys couldn’t find the big one they were after, but it was still a good days fishing nevertheless. The plan for the second day was to venture over to Port Mac, but with the big swell and shallow entrance, it was a safer option to stay at Portland, however the guys were fishing the right areas, a boat no less than a kilometre away hooked and landed an 80+kg fish. Well done on a couple of good days fishing lads.
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Wayne Sharrock from Sharkmen Fishing Charters had plenty of happy customers aboard this week. Sharky reports the fish are in close and in great numbers.
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Jose Napoleon fished with Sharky earlier this week and was stoked with his bluefin out from Portland, great work!

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Simon Rinaldi and deck hand Matty Harris from Red Hot fishing charters had a ripper week on the tuna this week. Monday morning they had 20 fish in the boat in no time and were able to return to port early. Simmo hasn’t been travelling far to find his fish because there is simply no need to; there are good patches of school fish between Lawrence rocks and Bridgewater Bay.
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Matt Boulton from Fish On Charters fished with good customer Jason Burrows. Matt reports that he has been fishing around the Bridgewater area and is having a lot of success in 50m of water. Not having to travel far is a big bonus! Good stuff Matt.
PORT FAIRY
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A couple of good customers, Matty and Stinga headed down to Port Fairy to try their luck. The boys found it tough in close early, so they ended up punching out to the shelf and before too long managed a triple hookup. After the boys had their fun, the trip back in was very wet in their centre console, but was well worth it. Good on ya fellas!

TASSIE
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St Helens has been on fire with its broad bill sword fish, but fantastic numbers of bluefin and albacore are also prevalent.
WESTERN PORT
MIDDLE SPIT
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Athen and Michael Lazaris had a ripper session on the whiting this week! The boys managed 40 fish in just an hour’s fishing and said they were hitting any bait that was sent down. Great work boys.

CORINELLA
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Ian Walker and Wayne Phipps feature twice in this week’s report, the boys caught this lovely snapper which measured 67cm and was caught on fresh squid and cuttlefish from the previous day. Great fish guys!
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PORT PHILLIP BAY
HALF MOON BAY
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Anthony Torpy has managed to get back amongst the snapper action this week, he landed this cracker which weighed 2.5kg including another 4 pinkies to 35cm. Anthony reports that there is also good numbers of salmon in the area. Fresh mullet has been the stand out bait.

MORNINGTON
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Ian Walker and Wayne Phipps had a crack at some squid out from Mornington this week. The boys came into the store last week and purchased a couple of the Shimano Sephia 14T squid jigs and were not disappointed with the results! Ian and Wayne managed to land 13 calamari and this monster cuttlefish.

AROUND THE STATE
PORTLAND
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It hasn’t just been all about the tuna at Portland, there has also been plenty of anglers bottom bouncing and they are doing well on blue eye and even this evil looking ling! Angler Tony caught this nice bag, great job mate!

MERRI RIVER
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Scott Gray got amongst some brown trout action on the Merri River this week while filming with Bill Classon from AFN. Love your work boys.
TOOLONDO
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Leigh Furness and Charlie Zammit headed to Toolondo Reservoir and weren’t disappointed with this lovely looking brown. Trolling Tassie devils and fishing mud eyes under a float were the most effective ways to trick these fish.

WURDI BULOC RES
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Michael Evans from Geelong has been fishing his local waterways and has been finding some lovely red fin to 47cm and some quality brown trout. Michael reports that 3 and 4 inch fish arrow soft plastics have been doing the damage.
EILDON
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Paul and Rex Delisle have been fishing Eildon of late and are doing quite well trolling in the main lake. This week the boys decided to try the pondage and they were rewarded with 5 lovely rainbows. Rex out-fished Paul as usual. Well done guys!

EAST GIPPSLAND
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Megan caught this cracking 43cm luderick while fishing in Lake Corringle in Marlo using bluebait. Great work Megan.

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Frank Milito from East Gippsland Fishing charters has been putting his clients onto some good fish this week, the previous weeks rain has pushed plenty of fish to the front of the systems and Frank has been tackling them on small vibes and plastics.

AROUND THE COUNTRY
TASMANIA
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Michael Haley managed to land this broadbill sword this week while fishing off St Helens. The fish weighed in at 106kg, well done Michael.

NAROOMA
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Montague Island has been seeing a lot of kingy action this week follow the storms and bad weather lately. There has been some good fish to about 10kg landed. Metal jigs have been most effective when liveys are hard to catch.

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How about the hump on this snapper?! Georgia Poyner caught this awesome looking red while fishing the Narooma area, she let it swim for another day. Great job Georgia!
DALEY RIVER NT
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Big congratulations to Team Tackleworld on their win in the Barra Nationals on the Daley River. Shane Compain, Tynan Bartolo and Terry Ryan came from behind to take out the win. Love your work boys!
TALKING FISHING – C31 TV – TUESDAYS @ 8.30pm
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Catch "Talking Fishing TV " on Melbourne's C31 (ch44) at 8.30pm each Tuesday night with staff members David Kramer and Adam Ring together with Steve ”Trelly” Threlfull. While Season 1 ended last Tuesday, Talking Fishing will continue with some repeated episodes until end May and the live shows return on Tuesday 4th August.
USELESS INFORMATION
It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.
Good luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,
The TEAM at Tackle World Cranbourne & Mornington

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