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2017 Portland Hooked on Tuna Fishing Competition


The Glenelg Shire Council is excited to announce dates for the 2017 Portland Hooked on Tuna Fishing Competition. This years competition will be held over 4 weekends in April. Dates are as follows:

8 & 9 April
15 & 16 April
22 & 23 April
29 & 30 April

Registration for the event can be completed at:

Barwon South West Skate Competition
Get down to the Heywood Skate Park and compete in skate, scooter, or BMX. Free giveaways and prizes to be won!

Registration Times:
10:30am Scooter (14 & Under, 15 & Over)
12pm (14 & Under, 15 & Over)
1:30pm Skate (12 & Under, 14 & Under, Open Male, Open Female)

Rosalie Ham Author Talk
Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker, will be appearing at the Glenelg Libraries.
Come along to hear about the process of The Dressmaker being turned into a film and what's next for Rosalie.

10.00am - 11.00am Casterton Library
2.00pm-3.00pm Portland Library
Book vs Film (screening of film following author event in Portland)

Free events. Bookings essential, phone 5522 2265

Hooked on Tuna Fest events
3:30 - 5:30PM Competition weigh ins at the Old Boat Ramp
5:30 PM Free sausage sizzle at the Portland Angling Club
5:30 PM TUNA TALK with Dr Sean Tracey, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, at the Portland Angling Club. FREE EVENT.

3:00PM - 5:00PM Competition weigh ins at the Old Boat Ramp


The inaugural year of the Tuna Fishing Competition in 2016 attracted 190 anglers from across the state who competed for more than $12,000 in prizes. Local fisherman, Brodie Carter was the overall winner of $5,000 with a fish caught weighing 20.5kg in the 2nd weekend of the competition. Second was Grant Kellow from Cottles Ridge with a 19.2kg fish and third Richard Knight from Bulleen at 17.1kg.

Numerous fish are being caught throughout the year of 100kg+ making Portland the Southern Bluefin Tuna capital.

Portland’s Southern Bluefin tuna industry is worth about $10 million to the Glenelg Shire economy.

Portland is home to a world class recreational fishing industry, attracting thousands of anglers from across Australia. The season is traditionally from February to June each year, but in recent years anglers have recorded big catches year round.


To learn more about the great things to do and see while in Portland and the Glenelg Shire, download the latest visitor guide, compiled by the Portland Tourist Association.

This handy guide provides information on local restaurants and cafes, accommodation and our vast array of tourist attractions. Visitor Guide

Click here to learn more contact our friendly staff at the Portland Visitor Information Centre on 1800 035 567


Keep up to date with all the latest Portland fishing news on Facebook visit Wildblue

The 2017 Portland Hooked On Tuna Fest will be an extremely exciting event, thanks to our many sponsors:

Port of Portland
ACE Radio
Dundas Coastal Real Estate
Portland Bait & Tackle
Henty Bay Beachfront Park
Caltex Portland
Portland Tourism Association
Jaks Lures
Haines Hunter
Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
Taylor Marine Mt Gambier
Alexandra C Stores
Portland Holiday Village

Master Chef, Justine Schofield

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