Unfortunately work messed with my carefully picked day of fishing this week(wednesday morning) so once it was finished(friday morning) I decided to give the afternoon incoming tide a fish in the broadwater. The seaway was out due to a monster swell that was slamming the coast, waves were breaking across the entrance and there was alot of water movement inside the seaway itself.. We launched at around 3pm and spent some time looking for active fish and found some tailor occasionally hitting schools of white pilchards in the channel between wavebreak and crab island. We managed a few of those around 35cm but they were very flighty. Just as matter of interest, I cast netted some white pilchards just to see how long they would last in the livewell, after 5 hours we still had 50% alive which was interesting, I thought they may have been a bit more fragile than that. I might try and get some of those for tarpon fishing once the swell dies down. As the sun began to set we changed from slugs to minnows and trolled up a heap more tailor with every troll through the school yielding multiple hits and hookups, still not much in size though, biggest would have gone 40cm. Best lures were the Rapala Xrap in 8 & 10cm sizes. Once the sun had set we moved into the seaway to try for tarpon but it was just too lumpy for safe fishing so we gave it away. Not much of a trip but better than nothing, I'm keen to get back into my early morning sessions again. While afternoon sessions can sometimes be good, most of the time they only yield a few fish and they lack the options that a morning fish can provide.
After just moving down the coast recently I went out on a mates boat and caught a decent Mac Tuna. You could say I’m now hooked (oh yeah, bad pun!). I’ve only just come across your site (which is great by the way) and I see heaps of posts about fishing with pike. It would be great if you could do a report for your tackle and techniques section about catching pike and possibly other livies including a couple of locations if that’s not a trade secret. This coming from a bottom of the rung beginner that other than the fish above has only ever got as far as catching bream on raw chicken.
I’m still getting my head around using this site. I thought I’d gone back as far as where Craig mentioned getting back into Livies after years. I’ll check those pages out.
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I’m keen to get back into my early morning sessions again. While afternoon sessions can sometimes be good, most of the time they only yield a few fish and they lack the options that a morning fish can provide.
any chance we could get your thoughts on the last bit of your post, i do most of my fishing at night due to family and work stuff and there is less boat traffic i allways seem to catch more at night than i do in the day nothing on the scale that you get mind or is it a case with you that if the tide,s not right you dont go, i used to just go fishing, but now i try to time it on the tides
and my catch rate has improved some what .
many thanks bob