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MEDIA RELEASE - 100kg haul sets tone for tuna competition

8 April 2019

Prime fishing conditions have seen the perfect start to the Hooked on Tuna fishing competition, with a 100kg plus tuna haul caught off Portland waters.

Keen angler Martin Rombolas set the tone for the competition, securing a 104kg gutted and gilled tuna on Saturday afternoon, claiming the title of heaviest catch of the day and for the competition so far.

Mr Rombolas, an experienced angler in Portland waters, said it was sensational to finally reel in a 100kg tuna.

“Portland is a fantastic place to fish and I’m always down here fishing, however this is the first time I have ever caught a 100kg plus tuna and the timing couldn’t have been better with the first week of competition open,” he said.

“The catch came from a bit of everything, good conditions and a team effort from the rest of my crew members. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

Despite being the competition leader, Mr Rombolas hoped to see heavier fish caught over the remaining weekends.

“It’s great to officially be in the running for the grand prize, however it’s a more exciting competition when there are a number of heavier entries closely vying for first place,” he said.

“I hope to see a lot more 100kg plus tuna caught between now and the final weekend of the competition. I know I’ll definitely be out every weekend in April to try my luck again for an even bigger catch.”

Portland was a fishing frenzy on Saturday, with more than 50 entries for the Hooked on Tuna competition and a pending world record 103kg tuna caught by Melbourne fisherman Darren Buttigieg.

Mr Buttigieg’s was overwhelmed with his efforts which came after “three gut wrenching years of unsuccessful attempts.”
The Hooked on Tuna fishing competition will continue this weekend through to Sunday 28 April from the Portland Yacht Club.

Hosted by Glenelg Shire Council in partnership with the Portland Sports Game Fishing Club and Portland Lions Club, registration cost is $20 per person per weekend, or a one-off fee of $40 which covers all weekends of fishing. To register visit

To learn more about Hooked on Tuna visit the event Facebook page or Glenelg Shire website

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