After 4 years of learning, living and breathing American bass, Toowoomba's Carl Jocumsen has finally cracked qualification for the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2015. This is fantastic news for Carl and all of his thousands of followers, both in Australia and abroad.
Steve Morgan caught up with Carl via phone and recorded this interview. Listen if you want to re-live the drama of Carl's final day in his third Central division qualifying event...
It’s that time of year where land temps start to cool but water temps offshore stay relatively warm, and with this comes the fish. Out from Tathra schools of tuna like yellowfin, albacore and stripies are starting to congregate out towards and over the continental shelf through to the Tathra Canyons. These fish can be targeted in a few different ways, with the best options being trolling lures and cubing in berley trails.
The continental shelf is quite a long run out from shore here, so trolling lures is a good option for targeting the tuna. It allows anglers to cover the ground and find out where the fish may be congregating. With this comes the added bonus of encountering a late season marlin, spearfish or mahi mahi (dolphinfish).
Once you have located some tuna, stop and berley. This can have the fish coming up to the boat, making them easier to catch. Sharks will also respond to the berley so have a rig handy or out under a balloon. It’s also a good policy to have a live mackerel out under a balloon rigged on heavier trace for tuna and also any marlin which may be attracted by the activity.
Closer to shore, small species such as bonito, kingfish, salmon and the occasional striped and yellowfin tuna are patrolling the many rocky headlands surrounding Tathra. Feeding on small mackerel, yellowtail and pilchards, these fish can be taken simply by running a variety of bibless and deep diving lures close to shore. If you encounter some good schools, have some spin sticks handy to cast to the feeding fish, and if they’re up on the surface try casting surface poppers for some spectacular action. This style of fishing works particularly well on some of the large salmon schools.