Adelaide Crows premiership players land tuna in Victor

Adelaide Crows premiership players Nigel Smart and Peter Caven show off their two good size tuna at the Victor Harbor boat ramp with local hotelier Andrew Hill.Recreational fishermen are flocking to Victor Harbor in large numbers.Many are hunting for southern blue fin tuna in the waters of Encounter Bay, while others are casually dropping a cray pot on their favourite grounds, whether it be off Granite Island, Wright Island, Seal Rock or around West Island.

Victor Harbor anglers Mike Westley and Andrew Hill had two special guests on their boat on Tuesday, January 6 in Adelaide Crows premiership players Peter Caven and Nigel Smart.

“We ran our pots searching for crayfish and then we threw a line in and the boys pulled in two good size tuna,” Mr Westley said.

“They were rapt with what these waters offer.”

Encounter Bay’s Dave Turner and Tennyson’s Andy Tapp are both recreational cray fishermen who have registered pots in the waters of Encounter Bay and managed a little success this month.

Dave Turner from Encounter Bay andAndy Tapp from Tennyson have had craypots in the local waters for the past twoyears, and said this season has so far beenunpredictable.

“One day you have a good catch andthen the next and the next you getnothing,” Mr Turner said.

Mr Tapp agreed, but said it is the funand camaraderie that he enjoys.

“You come out so often for little return,but it does keep you active and you aredoing it with mates,” Mr Tapp said.

Victor Harbor’s Barry Lang is in a teamof two other local anglers who have twopot licences each.

“We catch the odd cray, but what we doenjoy is looking after the business ofAshley McCallum at the Yilki Store,” MrLang said.

“When we go out in the early hours ofthe morning we pop in and have a coffeeat Ashley’s afterwards to wind down fromthe up and down of the sea.”

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