Ambassadors

Meet our Ambassadors, pick up some hot tips on the best fishing practices for SBT  and even find out how to channel your inner chef. Let’s go!


Jonah Y
New Norfolk, TAS
Fishing for SBT in Tassie got me addicted to bluewater gamefishing. They're exciting to catch, delicious to eat...
Jonah Y
New Norfolk, TAS
...and the SBT hot spots here are breathtakingly scenic. If you're planning to release SBT, consider getting involved in a tagging program. All tags and applicators are supplied, so it doesn't cost you anything to contribute to gamefish research!
Before tagging fish, do your homework. Know your state's tagging regulations and learn how it's done. Doing it correctly is important for tag retention - and increases the chance of the fish surviving.
Masaaki
@masaakisushi
Geeveston TAS
How long your bluefin lasts depends on how you handle it. If it's a well-handled iki jime fish, it can last more than 10 days in the fridge.
Masaaki
Geeveston TAS
You can tell if a fish has been flapping around on the deck - the muscles have been burning up, so the flesh is not as clear, you can see the blood in it and it doesn't taste as good. When you immediately use a spike to the brain, the fish stays still and the meat is better quality.
It is best to fillet it straight away in a clean environment, then chill it and let it rest for a day or two. That way you get the full flavour of the meat. There's many ways to eat bluefin. My favourite is as sashimi with fresh soy sauce and fresh wasabi, and I like to keep the cheeks and sear them for my breakfast!
Stuart N
@Personalised-Sea-Charters
Eaglehawk Neck TAS
SBT have been a big part of my life for 20 years. I still get excited taking customers out to experience catching this amazing fish.
Stuart N
Eaglehawk Neck TAS
When the fish are on, it gets very exciting on deck, with multiple rods going off at once. Among the frenzy, I remind customers to think about how much meat they want to take home, to only take what they'll use, and to release other fish to fight another day.
There's no point landing every fish if the meat will go to waste. It's the best of both worlds - an amazing experience catching these hard-fighting fish and taking home just the amount of meat that can be kept in good condition so it's all enjoyed and not wasted.
Lee VS
@leevansoest
Adelaide SA
There's nothing like hooking up to an SBT... the rush and fighting power of these fish is amazing!
Lee VS
Adelaide SA
Always change your treble hooks to single hooks - and if you're releasing the fish, get it onto a wet mat, pop in a tag and get it back in the water as quickly as you can.
Patrick D
@patrickdangerfield @reeladventuresshow
Geelong VIC
I love tangling with Southern Bluefin Tuna because they are big, fast and fiesty - the true athletes of the sea.
Patrick D
Geelong VIC
When using hard body lures to target SBT, I prefer to have them fitted with single J-hooks. Because there's less chance of straightening a hook on a big fish, less chance of damaging the fish if I'm going to release it - and less chance of damaging me.
Tim & Trish S
@bluewatermagazine
Southport QLD
SBT are a precious and limited resource, so once you've enjoyed your interaction, release them carefully so they survive...
Tim & Trish S
Southport QLD
Better still, tag them before you release them! Bluefin are delicious and you only need one or two for a feast. But they spoil easily so take care of them so you're not disappointed when you get them home.
Just dropping your bluefin on the deck can bruise and spoil the flesh. So dispatch it quickly, then clean it and get it on ice. And learn the easy steps that will transform it into the culinary delicacy it can be.
Paul W & fam
@ifishtv @ifishchick @jetreef
Cranbourne VIC
I love fresh SBT - but look after that delicate flesh the second it hits the deck! Bleed and gut it then stuff it with ice to lower the core temp.
Paul W & fam
Cranbourne VIC
Eat as much of the fish as you can without freezing it. If I freeze it, I soak the fillets in marinade for 6-12 hours in the fridge, then vac-seal and freeze. It's almost as good as fresh and lasts at least 4 months without spoiling.
CRISTY: Once you find tuna on the sounder, keep working the area. You'll eventually get a bite window. It’s better than leaving fish to try and find fish. JET: Try to match the colour and size of lures to what the fish are feeding on at the time. The stomach contents of a fish you keep are a clue for your lure choice.
Chloe L
@she_fishes
Sydney NSW
When you're fighting a fish and you stop to rest, so does the fish - and that can lengthen the fight time.
Chloe L
Sydney NSW
If you keep working hard you'll keep the fight time short. There are so many options for preparing SBT. It's such a delicacy, I love it. My husband is allergic to other fish but SBT is a fish we can share at the table.
Short fight times mean your SBT is in good condition if you want to release it. If you're keeping it, the meat won't degrade due to over-heating. That's really important when catching SBT in the warmer waters off NSW!
Lee R
@leerayner @leeraynerfishing
Melbourne VIC
If you're going out to catch SBT, take the right gear. With super light tackle you have to fight them too long.
Lee R
Melbourne VIC
Most people would have two sets of treble hooks or event two singles on a lure, but it's better to use single hooks if you're letting SBT go. Our hook up rate is exactly the same when we run a single hook on the lure - and the fish don't get damaged.
I'd rather just keep one or two 20kg school fish we can deal with on the boat. Because if you can't kill them, bleed them, gut them and put them straight on ice it's just not worth keeping them.
Al M
@almcglashan
Sydney NSW
There’s something special about bluefin - but we need to appreciate them and do our bit to enhance the fishery, so it’s even better for the next generation.
Al M
Sydney NSW
We need to respect to the fishery and process the fish so we use all of it. That respect is what I love most about Tuna Champions. …and getting the right shot.
Really big SBT can be photographed boat-side. For a decent shot of a smaller fish in the boat, clean off the blood and take the photo while it’s fresh. And make sure you’re smiling – you just caught a tuna!
Scott G
@scottgrayfishing
Southwest Victoria
Catching multiple SBT in an outing is common in southwest Victoria, so many anglers practice catch and release - which means looking after it so it survives.
Scott G
Southwest Victoria
I use a large landing net with a soft silicone bag, which helps control the fish when landing it and prevents damage to its skin and scales.
I also use single hooks on all my stickbait lures – they’re easier to remove from the fish, cause less damage to its mouth, and reduce bleeding. This means the fish spends less time out of the water before release and has a better chance of surviving.

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