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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland Hooked on Tuna this Autumn

25 March 2019

More than $12,000 worth of prize money is up for grabs this Autumn in Portland’s annual Hooked on Tuna fishing competition.

Anglers are expected to travel from across the country in lure of the elusive tuna catch for the third annual competition which runs over five weekends from 6 April to 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, the tuna competition includes a new tag and release category, further strengthening the sustainable fishing practices of the competition which requires all fish to be gutted and bled.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the event continued to attract national headlines with anglers catching prized tuna up to or over 100kg in weight.

She said Melbourne angler Paul Hourmouzis caught the winning catch in 2018 with an impressive 105.9kg barrel.

“Portland is well recognised as Australia’s Bluefin tuna capital and we are looking forward to hosting hundreds of new competitors over the coming weeks as we look to break more records in 2019,” Cr Rank said.

“Whist there will be plenty of fun out on the water, we have also organised some great events throughout the fishing weekends with some of Australia’s leading fisheries experts, sharing their expertise to assist fishing lovers to build their skills and understanding of our vast recreational fishery.”

Returning to this year’s event is acclaimed lure expert Peter Pakula who will be assisting at the weigh-ins and hosting a fishing talk while Dr Julia Pepperell, a marine biologist and leading authority on tuna, marlin and sharks, will also share his expertise at a workshop for participants.

University of Tasmania senior research fellow Sean Tracey is also joining the competition, sharing his vast experience in fisheries and marine ecosystems. His work spans two decades, researching marine species and how they interact with each other and their environment, accessing commercial and recreational fishing stock and its importance to global food security.

Cr Rank praised the efforts of local businesses who were sponsoring the event, and hardworking volunteers, ensuring it continued to be a staple on the Autumn events calendar.

“These competitions take a lot of time and effort to coordinate and council is extremely grateful for the assistance provided by our hard working community to bring this event together. Our local volunteers get out of bed at sunrise every weekend to make sure all of the entrants are safe and having fun on the water, whilst our business operators work around the clock to ensure they have plenty of food and hospitality to enjoy,” Cr Rank said.

“A special thanks goes to our event partners in the Portland Lions Club and Portland Sports Game Fishing Club and the Portland Coast Guard who are the lifeblood of the festivities.”

Among this year’s sponsors is principal partners A1 Real Estate and Tuna Champions with further support from Portland Bait and Tackle.

To celebrate the support, an event launch is being held on Friday 29 March at 6.30pm at the Portland Angling Club, with all interested community members welcome to attend.

To learn more about Hooked on Tuna visit the event Facebook page or Glenelg Shire website www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/hookedontuna.

Registration cost is $20 per person per weekend, or a one-off fee of $40 which covers four weekends of fishing. To register visit https://www.trybooking.com/BBOZW


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