With the demersal ban now on there is still options to get off shore and target tuna and seriola species. Last year during the ban fellow team mates James, Brodie, Kai and I had great fun fishing for Samson fish, King fish and tuna.
With the weather looking great we headed out off Freo to a Samson Fish hot spot and upon arrival the sounder lighted up red with a huge school sitting in around 35-45 metres of water. Straight away we had 80-150 gram jigs on, dropping them down and then ripping them up as fast as we could resulted in hook ups all round to un-stoppable sambos and kings. This stayed the same for most the day, no matter how much drag was used they all managed to find a way to bust us off on the reef. When it slowed down sambo wise, we spotted birds working in the distance, a good sign the tuna were around. Out went the Halco Max 130s and small twisties went on the flick rods. We slowed the boat down and started throwing at the school but they were extremely spooky and hesitant to take our offerings. Although Kai managed a small bluefin on a Max 130.
We had a look at some reefs on the way back in, searching for big green backs (tailor) and kings. I spotted a likely looking reef with white water breaking over it and lobbed my Halco Rooster 135 Fusilear right in the middle of it. A few short sharp rips and a pack of Kings came charging out, I paused the lure and a nice fish crunched it. It was a short and nervous fight with the fish trying its best to brick me like the sambos had done earlier on. After wrangling it out the reef Brodie lifted my first Yellowtail King over the side of the boat. Not a monster but still a wicked fish, after a few photos we began fishing again. Unfortunately the wind set in and made holding the boat in position very hard.
A few days later James and I decided to have another crack at stopping one of the monster sambos. There wasn’t the massive numbers we had seen last time out. I dropped down a jig on a Saragossa 25000 and deep jig 400, the lure hit the bottom, two lifts and it got nailed. In a desperate attempt to stop it we risked pulling the hooks and put the boat in gear driving off the spot. A few minutes later a good sambo popped up, not as big as the ones we lost but a great fish never the less. A few photos and it was back on its way, we were very happy to get one in the boat, after many lost fish.
Again the tuna were firing and as I stood there jigging away there was a small disturbance on the top. James threw a stickbait out a had a pack of tuna take a liking to it. Awesome watching them smash it as the lure skipped along the waves. Again, we tried to lure a top water King but the fish were nowhere to be seen. There was a couple monster buff bream cruising around and whilst they may not be the most desirable species, I threw on a piece of bread to see what happend. A big bream smashed it a gave a good account for itself coming extremely close to the shallow reef. It was later released for obvious reasons.
So if you have access to a boat, there are still plenty of options despite the ban been on. The sambos, kings and tuna are awesome fun and well worth chasing if your looking for a challenge.