Went camping over the weekend at North Currigee and done a lot of fishing from the Broadwater to the deep sea. I did have good luck (quite skilled at it now) with the pike. I cant believe at how many there is around those weed beds north west of Wavebreak. My first pike ever was quite a story to tell. I was trolling over the beds at high tide (which I found to be better with more water over the beds), and when I wound the lure in (XR4 pink), 3/4’s of the back end of the pike was cleanly bitten off…WOW. I ended up catching 9 in an hour. I found the easiest and better way was drifting over the beds and casting and retrieving…I even caught a couple just moving the lure from side to side with the rod.
I didn’t have any luck with the fishing at the Eddy tho. I seem to find it easy catching the pike but have no luck with the fishing. All the pike ended up dying so I fed them to the angry/hungry monitor (Big Lizard) at the camp ground.
Couldn’t believe how much chop there was this morning in the middle of seaway when the tide was raging out and how the eddy was flat as with the current going the other way.
Ended up catching a couple of 10kg Spanish mackerel just outside the seaway on a pink chrome Laser Pro in 21 meter deep water.
Caught 4 Hairtail and a 2 and a half meter pike eel (NASTY BUGGER) last night fishing of the jetty in the cove at North Currigee camping grounds.
Didn’t catch a Jew but all up had a great weekend of fishing (except for the bloody midgies/mossies and the heat).
Nice work Werey, when conditions suit and the tide has slowed try those pike out the end of north wall, drift through the 18-20m deep hole and its edges, keep bait just off bottom due to snags. That 2.5m pike eel is something else, horrible things looks like it should in a horror flick. Good result with the spanos, i went all the way to mermaid reef sun morning and tried all spots coming back, no good sometimes its best to just stay out the front.
We went to Mermaid Reef on the Saturday morning for no luck also…there were heaps of boats there but no one was catching anything.
Yeh I will try next time at the end of the wall just on the turn of the tide.
What would be the best way to catch Kingy’s over the weed beds where the pike are. I saw the video of the guy who caught 3 kingy’s there but didn’t show what he was using.
That had to be a Kingy that bit half of the pike when I was winding it in.
Yeah that was me Werey, I was using live unweighted pike. It’s not going to happen all the time, the birds will tell you if the kings are over the flats, they’ll be flying along with thier heads down looking into the water tracking the school.
Find the school of Kings, and cast an unweighted pike to intercept the travelling school. Good result on the spanish. Pike eels are evil things, I had one grab on to my wrist once, still got the scars.
Effective use of livebaits is all about timing, there’s a 1-2 hour window when they work well. You can also use the dead pike really effectively, again good timing is essential.