Victoria's west coast from Warrnambool to Portland offers amazing access the ocean for giant southern bluefin tuna and bread-and-butter species.
The region’s excellent fishing credentials are well deserved and rely on nutrient rich waters, concentrations of baitfish and predatory game fish.
Portland is the bluefin tuna capital of Australia however the prized fish can be anywhere along the west coast including Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Apollo Bay.
Bluefin tuna range from enormous ‘barrels’ to more modest ‘schoolies’ of 10 to 25 kilograms.
There are other species on offer too! When offshore conditions permit, fishers flock to the Continental Shelf and beyond in search of delicious table fish.
These ‘deep droppers’ deploy baits into the abyss for fine table fare - none more desired than blue-eyed trevalla, hapuku and gemfish.
In warmer months the region offers one of Victoria’s most prestigious sportfish, yellowtail kingfish, which are often found inshore where boaters and even kayakers can access them.
The west coast boasts excellent facilities at most ports, ample boat-friendly accommodation to suit all budgets and a thriving seasonal charter fleet to cater for anglers without boats of their own.