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MEDIA RELEASE - Prime conditions for Hooked on Tuna

3 April 2019

Conditions are near perfect for anglers ahead of the Portland Hooked on Tuna fishing competition following a record breaking haul of ‘barrels’ this week.

Since Monday morning nearly 40 Southern Bluefin tuna weighing more than 100 kilograms have been caught in Portland waters, sparking a fishing frenzy with people travelling hundreds of kilometres in lure of a prized catch.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said it had been the highest number of 100kg or more hauls ever seen and believed to be a new record for the city.

“Our beloved tuna catch is continuing to bring national headlines to Portland and hundreds of tourists with it generating tens of thousands of dollars for our visitor economy,” Cr Rank said.

“All week the Portland harbour has been a constant hive of activity, with the boat ramp full and parking at a premium with hundreds of keen anglers waiting to secure that elusive 100kg catch and impressively many are successfully doing so.

“These conditions have come at a perfect time, with the Hooked on Tuna fishing competition officially kicking off this weekend. We are anticipating this year’s competition might just break the record books for the heaviest catch we’ve seen so far, given the buzz we’ve had this week.”

Cr Rank encouraged anglers of all abilities to enter the competitions, with the favourable conditions ideal for securing that ‘first big catch’.

“We’ve had multiple reports of ‘beginners luck’, whereby novice fishers have taken to the waters this week only to walk away with a 100kg plus tuna in their boat,” she said.

“I urge anglers of all skill levels to make the most of these prime conditions and enter the Hooked on Tuna competition throughout April. You might just find yourself catching a tuna that will see you sharing in the $5,000 cash prize pool.”

The Hooked on Tuna fishing competition will run over four weekends from Saturday 6 April 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, 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.

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

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


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