Hooked on Tuna Fishing Competition

Tuna cometition prize winners

The Hooked on Tuna fishing competition is hosted annually by Glenelg Shire Council with assistance from the Portland Sports Fishing Club and Portland Lions Club.

The competition offers $10,000 worth of prizes, including a weekly $1,000 for the heaviest catch.

Competition Overview

The annual Portland Hooked on Tuna fishing competition runs over four weekends.

The first round will take place on Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 and will take place over the following weekends with the final round taking place on April 23 and 24 to coincide with the annual Hooked on Portland seafood and fishing festival.

The competition takes place within Portland waters, and competitors can fish up to 40 nautical miles in any direction from Lawrence Rocks.


A total cash prize pool of $10,000 is up for grabs including:

  • $1,000 each weekend for the heaviest catch
  • Overall heaviest catch - $3,000
  • Overall first runner up $2,000
  • Overall second runner up $1,000 

Terms and conditions

All fish must be presented bled, or bled, gilled and gutted preferably on ice.

Online registrations for weekend only entry will close at midnight Friday the day the date of entry.

Tuna Fishing in Portland

Game fishing for southern bluefin tuna has become big business in Portland, with the latest figures showing the pastime pumps up to $12 million into the local economy every year.

During the months of May, June, July and August keen anglers travel from right across the country to reel in the elusive 100kg catch.


Charter Boat Wars

Portland and the tuna fishing season is the latest backdrop for reality television hit program Charter Boat Wars.

Airing Wednesdays 5pm on 7mate, Portland Charter Boat Wars will find out who is the best charter operator in Portland. Each crew struggles in their own way, battling the conditions, seasick clients, bent hooks and even other charters in their quest to prove their tuna fishing skills.