Anglers test their luck at Portland

The month-long Hooked on Tuna fishing competition has officially kicked off, with anglers coming from far and wide to test their luck out on Portland waters.

Keen angler Roy Thaller went home $1000 richer after he secured a 12kg gutted and gilled tuna, claiming the title of heaviest catch of the weekend and for the competition so far.

Thaller was on board Bagout Fishing Charters when he reeled in his winning catch.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank said it was a small catch compared to previous years, highlighting that bigger tuna were just waiting to be caught.

“In previous years we have seen 100kg hauls in the first week and just off the coast of Warrnambool this weekend a 90kg tuna was caught, so there are bigger fish out there just waiting for a lucky angler to reel them in,” she said.

“We anticipate to see these heavier tuna caught between now and the final weekend of the competition, which may serve to knock Roy from his current first position on the leaderboard.

“With a $1000 cash prize

given away every weekend, and additional cash prizes on offer to the overall competition winners, there are plenty of reasons to head down to Portland this April to try your luck at Hooked on Tuna.”

The Hooked on Tuna fishing competition continues every weekend in April, with the final weekend of fishing taking place on April 23-24.

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