Seaway Report Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Despite my reservations about going fishing just after the easter break I decided to give it a shot anyway, the forecast wasn't great with 15-20kt SE winds but the swell was from the south so I thought it might be just right.
Got on the water about 4.30, and to my surprise conditions were excellent, a light SW breeze and almost zero swell. Perfect conditions almost, thats not always a good thing though my experience lately is that the worse the conditions the better the fishing. But still I was there so I gave it a go and it was a nice change from the almost constant howling wind I've been through the last few months. Had a cast around, managed a few nudges but nothing solid and dawn arrived. Tried minnows, then poppers got one small tailor on a rapala skitter pop 9, then switched to plastics but nothing on that. Saw a school of bigeyes come up just off the front of the wall, up for 2 seconds then straight back down again which set the tone for the rest of the morning. Had a look around other areas but all quiet. Spent some time fooling around getting some underwater video including testing a new rig I designed to cast the camera right into a surface feeding frenzy, that should be awesome when I find one that stays up for long enough.
Waited for the start of the run in tide and right on cue the bigeyes popped up again off the front of the north wall, but they came up for 2 seconds then went down again. I did manage one bigeye around 40cm before I moved down tto wavebreak to look for Gt's and Kingfish. I met Shamus(gretsch) there and had a chat while we waited. Right on time(10.15) they popped up just south of the yellow x right around the boat, but the same old story, up for 2 seconds then down again. I did get a number of casts in with gillies 15's and plastics but didn't tempt one which was odd. Shamus managed to hookup twice on twisties but got busted off both times. Around 10.35 they came up for the final time then left. Not much of a bite that one, 20 minutes in total. Boat traffic was quite heavy though so maybe that put them off. Stuck around for a while after that but despite tons of bait no more action. Called it a day around lunchtime.
So pretty ordinary day, only 2 fish in the boat so probably one of my worst trips this year. Plenty of fish around but but very flighty and only feeding for seconds at a time before sulking on the bottom.
The difference between my and shamus results with the GT's is interesting, I'm starting to think that on sunny days you are better off with a highly reflective lure like a twisty, but on overcast days a baitfish profile like a gillies might be better. Anyone else care to weigh in on that? Whats your experience?
No fishy pics today so I'll just leave you with some pics taken with the new castable camera rig.