Finding yellowfin can be a matter of luck sometimes especially when they are feeding deep and there are no birds to guide you. Some times the sounder may tell you that a bait source may be worth working, sometimes it is instinct sometimes it is just plain luck..

You can be lucky and throw a couple of pillys out and they come up straight away.

We have not been targeting tuna instead travelling south and catching some pretty good snapper.

Both Billfisher and Broadbill have had some really special trips for a couple of months now. Snapper to 6 kg are always crowd pleasers, much better than being a professional pilchard cuber-catching bugger all. Visit www.gamefishingcharters.com.au for some great photos of big tuna and snapper.

That is the philosophy we adopt on our boats to be versatile in our thoughts and use our accumulated knowledge to give our clients (the most important people in the world as without them we do not have a business) a satisfying day on Mother Ocean and catching fish is what it's all about.

Yesterday I headed to the snapper grounds to find the current had picked up to 1.5 knots and whilst we caught a mixed mag of great fish including snapper it was not up to our normal standard.

My son Glenn on his boat Billfisher decided to go for a tuna fish He examined the satellite imagery and was fairly convinced they would be there.

He fished very wide on the edge of the isotherm with crew headed up by Brad Dolman. They had yellowfin up within 20 minutes and caught them over the next few hours. The fish ranged from 16kg to 22 kg . Well done to Billfisher and their crew…they had a ball and found them for us.

B;llfisher fished again yesterday in 25 knot, rough conditions and caught 4 yellowfin to 30kg the fish were a little bigger. The Spring run of tuna is now with us and the frenzy has started.

Fish Species: yellowfin tuna
Bait Used: pilchards
Tackle Used: 30lb gear
Method Used: chumming and trolling
Water Depth: 800 fathoms
Water Temperature: 20 degrees C
Wind Direction: s east
Wind Speed: 20 knots
Brad Dolman and crew had a great day on Billfisher
Brad Dolman and crew had a great day on Billfisher

We also go snapper fishing when the tuna are not running
We also go snapper fishing when the tuna are not running

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About The Author: Ross Hunter

Company: Ross Hunter's gamefishingcharters p/l

Area Reporting: sydney

Bio: Father and son Captains Ross and Glenn Hunter operate their most respected gamefishing vessels Billfisher and Broadbill out of Sydney and Pt Stephens (approx 100 nm north of Sydney)They have been professional skippers for 20 years and have pretty much caught or hold records for most gamefish caught in our waters. The species are blue, black and striped marlin, spearfish,wahoo, mahis then in winter gut busting yellowfin, bluefin and makos.Some of their achievements can be viewed on their excellent web site www.gamefishingcharters.com.au They specialize in marlin in the summer and yellowfin in the winter. Catches of up to 21 marlin in a day have been recorded.

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