Clear & sunny, small amount of bait around. No surface feeding. Moon up all night.
Rather than head into the seaway and try and get some fish with the double negative whammy of moon plus runout tide we headed to a spot in the broadwater that usually yields a few fish around the full moon. Once we arrived we started off with shallow running minnows, megabass vision 110's and rapala xr8's. First cast for both of us and we were on with a double hookup, a tailor of around 50cm plus a jewie around 48cm. Next cast yielded a bigeye trev around 40cm, then another 2 tailor at 45 & 48cm. The next 10 or so casts only yielded a few hits so I switched to a plastic, due to the shallow water(3.5-4m)I chose a 1/4 oz 3/0H jighead with a Gulp in Chart/pearl (now renamed 'Shrek' .. green and ugly). . After a few casts I hooked up solid on a missle that got airborne seconds after hookup. I initially called it for a Tarpon, but as it continued to jump realised it was a good giant herring . A few minutes later I slid a 65cm Giant Herring into the net. While I have caught bigger ones before in tidal lakes, this was the first I've caught in the broadwater so I was ecstatic. More casts yielded nothing so we moved a bit and caught a few more tailor around mid 40's on shallow minnows.
At around 3am we moved into the seaway, had a look around for about an hour with nothing to show for it so we moved offshore to try for a pike or 2. We managed 6 in an hour but 2 were way too big so we were left with 4 good size pike. We moved into the seaway for dawn, tried a few lures at first for zip before switching to livies. My first pike yielded a jewie around 65cm, then dad got smashed by a good fish that took about 50 metres of line before burying itself in the rocks at the base of the wall. A couple more partial hookups followed but both fish were dropped. We had a look around for some surface action but there was nothing around so we headed offshore once again and got some yellowtail in quick time before returning to the seaway once again. Unfortunately nothing was interested, we tried a few locations but didn't lose a bait. We gave it away at 9am.
So an interesting morning, the giant herring was the standout capture. The seaway held a few fish but still seems a bit barren. We didn't see any other fish caught apart from bream.
Yep some nice fishing there Craig, I wonder if that was a big cod or maybe even Shovel Nose your Dad hooked up to.
The seaway is full of surprises !
It’s easy to spend an 8 1\2 hours session chasing that big one.
Best of fishing to you mate.
Great Work craig – often see you fishing the seaway on my way out or in – next time I will stop and say g’day
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Nice GH there Craig, they sure do pull hard on that first run eh – heart pumping stuff.
Well done Mate.