Northerly bumpy Swell. Lots of floating weed around the north wall. Schooling luderick around the end of the north wall.
On the water at 5am we headed to the seaway for a quick fish. This was a trip specifically to see if the fish were interested in poppers again, as what I saw on Wednesdays trip made me think they would be. Despite the tide being completely wrong for popper fishing i was confident that I might get a couple of fish. I chose a 100mm Tackle House feed popper as my lure of choice while John had a 90mm Rapala Skitter Pop. Wasn't long before my popper was eaten by a decent tailor which ended up going 52cm, next cast I was hooked up again, this time a 40cm bigeye. Over the next 30 minutes we hooked lost and landed both bigeyes and tailor about every second or third cast. All on poppers, it was great fun and a welcome return to surface fishing after months of fishing the bottom. John lost a very big fish close to 60cm right next to the boat. After that it went a bit quiet so we switched to metals and shallow running minnows, we managed a few more hits and foul hooked a few decent Luderick(there were big schools at the end of the north wall). That was it though, we called it a day at 7am.
While not alot of fish were landed(<10), its good to see fish are taking poppers so early in the season, it bodes well for October, November, December when things really start to heat up.
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