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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to month long tuna fest

2 March 2018

The countdown is on for Portland’s favourite fishing competition - the month long Hooked on Tuna extravaganza.

Dates for the 2018 competition have been confirmed, with this year’s festival to be held over five weekends opening Saturday 31 March and continuing each weekend until Sunday 29 April.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said following the success of the Australia Day weekend Hooked on Portland fishing competition, which attracted more than 180 anglers, the month long Hooked on Tuna competition was expected to be huge.

She said competitors were expected from across Victoria and south east of South Australia.

“The Hooked on Tuna comp always plenty of visitors to town, providing significant economic benefit to the local economy,” Cr Rank said.

“With the competition beginning Easter weekend, it creates a great atmosphere in town with cafes, restaurants and accommodation usually booked out by keen fishermen and their families who like to return throughout the month, hunting down and elusive 100kg catch.”

Cr Rank said last year’s competition was claimed by local fishermen Hugh Johnstone with a 59.6kg haul, earning him a $3000 prize cheque.

“Johnston’s haul was a particularly notable win, with the Portland resident only 15-years-old at the time, making him one of the youngest competitors in the event’s history and also the competition’s youngest ever winner,” she said.

Hugh said last year’s competition was well organised and he urged everyone to ‘give it a go’ stating, “if a 15 year old can win than anyone can”.

This year’s entrants will again be vying for more than $12,000 in prize money, with weigh-ins each Saturday and Sunday afternoon coordinated by the Portland Sport Fishing Club with support from the Portland Lions Club and Portland Coast Guard.

To learn more contact Glenelg Shire Council acting tourism and events officer Gary Coulter 5522 2534 or

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