This week was a bit of a liquorice allsorts on the fishing front, with the rivers fishing well and tuna still about offshore.
This led to some pending records for one very dedicated angler.
The tuna run over the past couple of weeks has been great to say the least.
Many anglers have taken advantage of the close proximity from shore that these feisty schools have been in.
The beauty of the summer run of fish is that they are anywhere from 10m of water right out to 50m this time of year, so the opportunity for small boats to get out and about is endless.
You don't need a $100,000 boat to get into the world-class fishing that we are lucky enough to witness year-round now.
As I mentioned in the opener, some new pending state, Australian and world record tuna were caught last week - all by the same angler.
Anne-Maree Oosthuizen did it again, but this time on the light tackle 4 and 6kg line class.
On 4kg, she was good enough to land a 23kg fish - a pending state, Australian and world record fish. Meanwhile, on her 8kg set-up her 25.2kg fish is a new pending Victorian record for the female section.
A great effort all round by her and husband Jan, who was driving the boat throughout the long fights.
These captures prove just how good fishing is around the area and shows you don't have to go anywhere to catch some ripping fish.
The small skirts have been the go to this past week, with Pakula Micro Uzis, Uzis and Fluzis being the pick, along with the Black Magic Jetsetters in the favourite colour Burple.
The 60lb trace has also been the flavour of the month to get the bites from these fussy fish at times.
If you're unsure of how to rig game lures, we can show you how to do so and can even tie all your knots for you. So, come in and have a chat to us today and we will do our best to put you onto some of these speedsters.
The gummy shark fishing has been a bit hit and miss lately. A number of factors could be contributing to this. One of which I believe is the dodge tides, which means we only have a single high and single low tide throughout the day. This makes the fish less active, as bait fish aren't out and about.
The other reason is perhaps the fact that the water depth people are used to looking in - anywhere between 40-50m of water this time of year - just isn't holding these fish and you have to travel further out. Doing so means that you have to piece together a couple of nice days in a row to get the right sea conditions for a drift.
Something not fishing-related but very cool was that one of our customers reported an orca whale around their boat on a recent trip in front of Logans Beach.
Extra care is needed if you see one of these incredible creatures.
Make sure life jackets are on as soon as you see one, as they are very unpredictable.
The Hopkins River has dropped again, but looking at the mouth on Sunday it's only a matter of time before it blocks again and the water level rises.
There's still some quality fish being caught all over the system, with fish about a kilogram being caught on a wide range of techniques.
Bait fisherman have turned again to the trusty crab fished unweighted, but have been targeting the drop-offs rather than rock walls. I think this has something to do with the water level dropping and most of the rocks that they usually are feeding on being out of the water.
Try fishing the same areas, but instead of casting in cast into the deeper section of the river.
I fished the river on Sunday and all our fish came in 2m or so of water, which usually this time of year they are congregated in less than that. But maybe the cold snap we experienced last week had something to do with this.
The Glenelg River continues to produce some great mulloway in the Taylors Straight area. Dudley Wright, while over at Nelson for the annual Nelson Nongs, landed a great fish on his trusty squid at the top of the straight. There has also been some nice bream and perch around the Sapling Creek area caught on shrimp.
Fishing the reed beds this time of year will give you best chance of having some fun on them. Lightly weighted baits are definitely what you need. If conditions allow, then try unweighted.
On Monday, I also had the opportunity of taking year 6 students from St Joseph's Primary School off the Hopkins Bridge, where all the kids caught at least one fish on a range of prawns, glassies and pod worms.
We got bream to mid-30s, a couple of salmon and a puffer fish which kept the kids busy. If your school is wanting to get into the fishing scene, we would be more than happy to help out. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling.
The Tackle Shack held its first talk night last Thursday, which was a great success. We would like to thank everyone who came along to this great event. Thanks to Scott Gray for volunteering his time to speak to the 60-odd anglers eager to learn about stick baits and micro jigs. We are already busy planning the next one in a couple months' time. Watch this space.
Until next week, tight lines and best of luck.