Tuna Fishing Charters
Fishing for tuna is a very exciting day, as these big fish test your strength and will cause your rod to buckle over as they put up a fight. Screaming reels mark the start of an epic battle as you prepare to land most likely the biggest fish you have ever caught.
Tuna Fishing Charters – Summary
Departing from Portland
$2,200 (Max 8 People)
Up to 8 hours
Departing at 6am
Tuna Fishing Charters departing from Portland.
More info available upon Request.
Details & Itinerary
Catching Southern Bluefin Tuna is best done at first light. If departing from Sorrento, we will head out from Portland and into Bass Straight. Once we arrive at the right area, we keep an eye out for birds diving into water or for patches of ruffled water on a calm day. This gives us a clue as to where to start fishing. (See How To Catch Tuna).
When you go on a tuna fishing charter, you will need to come prepared for a long day out on the water and make sure you have old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and something to protect you from the seaspray.
As we head out onto open water, some are not quite used to the ocean swell and therefore some sea sickness tablets taken the night before and the morning before you leave can come in handy.
Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters - Schedule
- Meet at the boat ramp at Portland.
- Hit the open waters of Bass Straight.
- Search for possible schools of fish.
- Lunch time (keep fishing).
- More fishing
- Head back home
What You Should Bring
- Sunglasses and hat
- Drink bottles of water
- Sunscreen lotion
- Esky in your car (Please don’t bring it onboard, we will give you bags to take your fish home)
- Bring a packed lunch and some snacks to see you through the day.
- A weather proof jacket and older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Best time for tuna charters Victoria
If departing from Melbourne (typically departing from Sorrento) then the bext time to fish for tuna is Feb to April. If departing from Portalnd, then April to August is best.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you clean our fish? No, but we will bleed them once caught and have them placed on ice to keep them in the best condition
Do I have to fight the fish by myself? You can take it in turns on a tuna as some take some time to bring in. We always leave that question to the person on the rod
Do I have to wear a life jacket? When going through Port Phillip heads every person on the boat must wear a life jacket, then it is up to you once we are out of the heads
What size will the fish be? Tuna can be any size from 5kg to 110kg, many of the fish we catch are approximately 10kg to 45kg
What sort of lures do you use? We use a mixture of skirted lures and hard body lures
What is the minimum age for children? For tuna fishing, 12 years and over.
Tuna Fishing Charters – Taught By Experts
A lifetime of learning by Mal is your secret weapon to picking up all the tricks of the trade and looking like an expert in no time.
Tuna Fishing Charters – All Fishing Equipment Included
Equipped with all the best gear, Mal will get you set up to catch some tuna. Learn how to bait and fight the big ones.
Tuna Fishing Charters – Bragging Rights
We’re confident you will have a really fun day and if you land a big one, Mal will take a photo and put it on his Instagram page so there is no doubting you caught it. Let your mates see what you’ve caught and tell the tale at your next BBQ!
Tuna Fishing Charters – Fishing Licence
Make sure you have a fishing licence before you leave. They are available online here: https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/fishing-licence