Seaway Report Thursday 31st March 2011
- Wind: SW 5-10 knots
- Preceeding 3 Days Wind : SE-10-20 knots
- Swell: 2 m ESE Swell
- Water Clarity 0.5-1.5m
- Tide : BOM: Low tide at 12.40 pm, High tide at 06.25am ( 0.25-1.41)
- Time Fished: 03.00am to 09.00am
- Moon Phase: 4 days before new moon.
- Barometer 1017.1-1019.6
- Water Temp 25.2-25.6 Degrees C
Mainly overcast with occasional rain. Big swell. Water was a dirty green colour though improved at the top of the tide.
Moved into the seaway at 3.00am, had a look around for some fish. Not much around so I threw a few plastics around hoping for a stray Tarpon, I did hook 2 but lost both next to the boat. I managed to catch a few pike before sunup so I put a big one down just on first light hoping for a big jewie. Wasn't to be though he went unmolested. I threw some shallow running minnows around the washes but that yielded nothing either.
I moved offshore to try and get some yellowtail. Due to the swell, I only had a short time to do that as I didn't want to be coming back in once the tide started to run out. I had 5 in the well before my time ran out and I had to return. First drop with a yellowtail in the same spot that I got the GT's last time and I hooked a good fish which ran me about a bit, it turned out to be a 59cm GT. Next 2 drops yielded tailor at 47 and 53cm then I hooked a good fish which gave me a bit of a fight and I soon had a Tailor bigger than 70cm circling the boat, he gave one more jump and the hook pulled. I was a bit disappointed in that, I've been trying to get a decent tailor for a while now and all the good ones I've hooked have managed to get away close to the boat.
I had run out of livies so I went off to get some more, by the time I had done that the tide was in full run out mode so I tried around the pipeline for a while. There were plenty of fish down there, but they weren't interested in live pike. I moved off and went back to the north wall, due to the runout tide and the big swell it was a very challenging place to fish with a huge amount of water movement, I persisted anyway and landed a jewie of around 65cm, lost the next few fish and ran out of time at 9am.
So that was it, a bit of a tough day out on the water, but a few fish landed anyway. No sign of any bait schools today which may have been a factor.