Seaway Report Thursday 9th May and Weekly Wrap Up Friday 10th May
Didn't get out much this week due to wanting to catch up on some website work I have been putting off but by Wednesday I had decided to make an afternoon/evening trip out to the seaway to see what was around.
Got there at the bottom of the tide and first thing I did was to check out the clean/dirty water lines around the seaway mouth. The wind was from the south at 15-20kts but there wasn't alot of swell, about a metre from the SE. Heavy overcast conditions with pending rain. Found some fish around the edge of the dirty water line just off the south wall and dropped lightly weighted plastics down to them, first drop with a 1/8oz wakasagi flash J split tail I hooked on to a decent fish which on the 6lb braid outfit I was using ran me around the place for about 15 minutes until I had a nice 55cm Cale Cale or Longrakered Trevally at the boat. Dad was on next using a 1/4oz clear powerbait minnow but he dropped his fish. That was it for that area, we moved back into the seaway had a quick look around the north wall then went into the broadwater where we spied some tailor hitting the surface. We managed a few of those before they disappeared, then as the sun began to set we switched to big poppers to try and get some GT's because of the lateness of the tide. That worked a treat and we hooked 5 GT's on poppers (including one double hookup) blind casting around the flats 100m south of the wavebreak yellow x beacon. Let me say that popper fishing for GT's in the seaway rocks hard, awesome seeing them smash the poppers time and again until they hook up, way better than chucking slugs at them. We lost two, one busted us off around the beacon and pulled the hooks on another. The ones we landed were in the 62-65cm range.
Once they went off the boil as the sun set we had a quick troll until the light left the sky then began the search for tarpon. We covered both walls from tip to corner but the only thing we managed was a bigeye around 50cm on a 70mm white slick rig. I had a look around the pipeline and found the bigeyes busting up sporadically in the middle, perfect opportunity to try some of the new SeawayFishing lures out and they worked a treat, the bigeyes were smashing them like there was no tomorrow but they weren't big fish all around the 40-50cm range. For the first hour we used minnows then switched to poppers for more fun and they smashed them just the same. Great fun, we probably landed 20 or so before they went off the boil at the top of the tide around 9.30pm. Had another quick try for tarpon but got zip then called it a night around 10pm. So.. wind, rain and some really hot fishing.
So overall, a solid trip, a nice range of species and a good test for the new lures I'll be listing for sale in the coming week.
Expect to see the GT's feeding in the mornings now for a few days, good tides for them over the weekend as long as you don't mind the wind and rain. Tailor will still be around in decent schools in the broadwater so keep an eye out for them. Look for bigeyes feeding on surface over the pipe on the run in tides at night. Slight chance for Tarpon around the walls during the night, but you'll need to do alot of casting. Kingfish are still around but you'll need a bit of luck to hook and land them.
|Date ||Time Fished||Tides|| ||
|Thursday 9th May||1.30pm - 10.00pm||0147 0.30 0739 1.27 1330 0.17 2010 1.63 ||
Successful Lure’s Rundown
SeawayFishing Ranger 10 in Yellow and Pink – Price TBA – Availability, Here in a couple of weeks time.
River2Sea Skitter Pop 9 – Price $15 per pack – Availability Some Tackle stores, BCF.
Squidgy Slick Rig 70mm in Pearl – Price $10.00 – Availability Tackle stores, BCF
Tacklehouse Feed Popper 120mm - Price $35.00 - Availability - Specialist online tackle stores/ ebay.
Fisharrow Flash J Split Tail 3" Wakasagi - Price $12.00/Pack - Availability - Samurai Tackle
Zipbaits ZBL Popper in Chrome - Price $24.00 - Availability - Tackle Warehouse, Coorparoo
Fishing Gear Used
Samaki Allure SA-701SM 7' Spin rod / Daiwa SOL II 3000H reel / 20lb Green Sunline PE / 30lb Famell Super Shock Leader
Daiwa SOL type 2 701LFS 7' Spin rod / Team Daiwa Advantage 2500A / 6lb yellow Fins PRT / 20lb Famell Super Shock Leader