IT’S enough for a thousand tuna salad sandwiches, or you could invite 300 mates over for a sushi feast.
This 102 kilogram southern bluefin tuna (pictured below) was caught by Scott Grey last Thursday with Red Hot Charters’ Simon Rinaldi and crew. They hauled it in off CapeBridgewater in 65 metres of water.
“It was to have been released with a satellite tag but ended up tail-wrapped and exhausted,” fisherman Bob McPherson said. “It would not have survived back in the water, so they kept it.”
Three young local fishermen also got very lucky on Sunday morning when they hauled in a tuna weighing 92.7kg (pictured at right). The trio were Thomas Kitchin, Brett Cooter and Jack Olver.
After an hour and 15 minutes of effort, they got the huge fish in 50 metres of water about five kilometres from the CapeNelson lighthouse.
Even bigger tuna have reportedly been taken this weekend off Port Fairy and Port MacDonnell, where a fish weighing 142kg was landed. Another trophy-sized fish tipped the scales at 98kg.
Off CapeNelson, tuna weighing 93kg and 87kg were caught, and several others got away.