Well here we are on the last day of the year that was 2010. Its been an interesting year with some really bad weather and almost constant rain. We've had a couple of floods and alot of strong winds but despite all those challenges we still managed to catch some good fish and the seaway continued albeit reluctantly to yield a few more secrets. SeawayFishing was launched in June and I'm happy with the progress of the site so far, its turning into a decent resource for seaway anglers, feedback has been very positive so it will continue in 2011. Firstly I'll go through my top fish of the year then I'll do a month by month summary starting from June.
Nothing exceptionally huge there, bigger fish were hooked but as usual earned thier freedom.
June was the month I finally managed to catch a few Tarpon. Tarpon require a dedicated approach but the rewards are there if you put in the effort. June also saw some excellent Giant Trevally action on the flats when the conditions were right. Small bigeyes on poppers and Jewfish on vibs were also around in numbers.
July was pretty much a repeat of June saw more Tarpon hit the deck along with the usual small Bigeyes and Jewies.
August saw some quality tailor hanging around but the cold water temps proved to be quite challenging. Some more small Jewies and Bigeyes as well.
September saw the water temps improve and also saw the first run of decent bigeyes. Poppers started to catch fish once more and some excellent popper sessions were had around the end of the north wall. More quality tailor also showed up with a few fish over 60cm. A few more Tarpon were captured along with more Jewies.
October saw the first of the floods and half the month was wiped out with dirty water. The second half of the month fished well with more Tailor, Jewfish and Bigeyes. The yellowtail kings also showed up as well.
Early November saw low temperature levels and sulking fish, small tailor and bigeyes were the only fish caught. The Froggies showed up in the last 3rd of the month and brought with them massive surface feeding schools of Tailor and Bigeye Trevally. The bigger fish were around but at the end of the north wall where most of the time it was too rough to fish. Strong Easterlies made fishing difficult.
Early December saw the big schools of Bigeye Trevally holding over the pipeline, quality was good with most fish over 40cm with a few over 60cm. It also saw some quality tailor landed fishing the washes and some nice Jewies fishing the bottom. Schools of bigeyes and tailor also fed on the surface on the north wall flats when conditions were calm. Schools of tailor were feeding just outside the shorebreak on South Stradbroke. Mackerel also showed up in numbers on Palm Beach and Mermaid Reefs. Large schools of Australian Bonito and Slimies also showed up on the narrowneck arti and Scottish prince wreck. The last week of the month was wiped out with floods and dirty water only fishable offshore or at the very top of the tide.