While the Yellowfin Tuna seems to be down in numbers the last few years have seen the Southern Bluefin Tuna return in record numbers on the West Coast of Victoria from places like Warnambool, Port Fairy, Portland and just over the border in Port Macdonnel.
Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT's) range in size from 10kg to well over 100kg where they are affectionately called "Barrels" because of their girth being similar to just that! The traditional season for SBT's on the west coast of Victoria starts in late February and continues till June. But catches in January and as late as August have been common but appears that anglers may have other things on their minds these times of year.
Trolling skirted lures from 4-8 inches long mixed in with deep diving/hard bodies minnows is the preferred method for targeting bluefin. Depths of 100m to 500m seems to be the favourite SBT hangout but they are often found in as little as 40m given the right conditions and food source. Once there was a group of anglers surf fishing and could see a school of SBT's boiling just behind the breakers!


Whether it would be Albacore, Yellowfin Tuna or the mighty Southern Bluefin Tuna of the west coast of Victoria, Tuna not only make a formidable opponent but go very well on the dinner plate.