With the low tide at 10 I didnt have to get out too early which kept the mrs and kids happy. Left a leisurely 7.30, got a heap of mullet and good size herring and tried the end of north wall first with a few drifts. I saw a bloke get few small jewies on plastics but no touches on my livies. Made the call the try the pipe for a larger model before the tide slowed too much. Anchored up and deployed mullet and herring, before long the mullet was taken, a solid hookup and a 81cm jewie in the boat. As short wait and another mullet screamed off, hooked up and kept running hard…oh no not the pipe again, have had a few things lately run me into pipe for a bad ending. Felt the rubbing and almost snagged, but kept it moving and managed to drag it out. A solid fight still and a 91cm jewie, lucky a few major frays in leader and mainline. Happy start to my winter jewies. Gordo
Nice one Gordo. I’m trying to catch a few jew these days, mixed success.
Where do you anchor at the pipe when the tide is running hard – ie do you anchor 20m up from it and let your bait drift down?
And what sinker do you use? It seems even with a heavy sinker it’s hard to get it down sometimes.
Was this the end of the runout tide?
I usually go on the top of the run in with pike. Pulled this 85cm out above the pipe a few weeks ago, right when the tide wasn’t moving. Every time we dropped a bait it was taken within a few minutes with some big hits and misses and a few keepers. Good fun!
Guys ill be doing this tonight, some livies first up and then drift the last of the run out, out beside the north wall and out a cpl 100m, all depending on the swell. Last wed night some 135cm models were taken out there…
Ive anchored up centre of the seaway, just west of the tower and drifted baits into the zone…top of the incoming and the other place on the run in is 100m west of the big sign. on stradie side in the eddie, pulled a few out of there also..
Thanks Yogi, nice one you got there, mad pic! Mate depends on tide strength but generally so tied off 40m from pipe on the smaller tides and when starting to slow, mostly 6 ball then drop the weight as tide really slows. Yep end of run out, but like to be there an hour before a low. Highs run a bit harder so more distance or more lead but like you found right on still high is good.
Many anchor closer but my mix seems to work well. Many drift, i do out the wall ends but for the pipe I anchor and can put a variety of baits right in the zone, sit back, have a rumbo on those cold nights, wait for the zzzzz.
Thanks for the info Gordo. We headed out sunday for the high tide but only managed a few small jewies and a 55cm tailor on yakkas in the deep hole. Did not see much bait around but did see some big schools on the sounder.
I braved the conditions but was sounding them and dropping 7″ shads with instant hookup. Quick and dirty but seems only to produce sub 1m fish.
Also this arvo for the top of the run-in, noticed tight black baitballs moving along the south wall and managed leaping bonitos, unidentified tuna, several lesser queenfish, bigeyes and foul hooked mullets on ultra slow retrieved 20g twisties. Fish sizes were disappointing but good fun.
Thanks for the tips re anchoring Wayno and Gordo. Top tip on the winter rums too, you might be onto something there!
I went out again Sun arv/eve for the top of the tide but same as Sat – drifting pike over pipe until tide slowed, then anchoring right above until after dark but not a touch. The wind was actually pretty manageable inside the seaway.
There were divers down there both nights – could see their bubbles and lights. Wondering if they scared the jews out of eating…
Thursday night looking good – wind looking like dropping below 10kts with a 1.8 high at about 9. Full moon Friday I think…