Seaway Report Saturday 19th August 2012
Looking at the forecast for this weekend, sunday was undoubtedly the better day so with my new resolve to fish the worst days that I can find I picked saturday to go for a fish. The wind was up from the north west ranging between 10 and 20 knots, swell was around a metre from the north east. Into the seaway at around 3am spent alot of time sounding around and looking for fish, the southern end of the pipeline had tons of fish stacked up over but they wouldn't hit a lure. Every other location we tried didn't have any fish that were eating either so we messed around a bit until dawn.
Right on first light we headed up to the north wall and began prospecting with minnows. The new Megabass vision 111 is my new favourite and I picked a chart pearl colour to start with because of the low light levels. Didn't take long to pick up my first tailor and then with a bit more prospecting to find a good school of tailor sitting just inside of the line close to the rocks. From then on for the next 30 minutes or so we had double hookups on tailor nearly every cast. Size ranged from about 30cm up to a very nice fish of 53cm which is the biggest one I've seen this winter, average size was around 40cm. we landed over 20 fish though, best tailor session i've had this year. For the first 15 minutes or so we had them to ourselves but soon enough we were surrounded by boats. The fish went off the bite just as the sun rose over the horizon. Unfortunately that was it for the day, we looked around for more fish but found nothing. the fish over the pipe had disappeared and didn't see anything of interest in the broadwater. Water temps remain steady between 18 and 20 degrees, water visibilty 5+ metres at the top of the tide, didn't see much bait around.