Been a bit sick and the last trip wasn't all that good but in the interests of showing that I don't always have good trips here is last thursdays report.
On the water at 3.30am, moved into the seaway to look for Tarpon, spent the next couple of hours casting various areas for not even a touch. Conditions were ideal with one exception, the phosphorescence level was quite high.. the worst I've seen it this year in fact so that could have been a factor. Anyway just on dawn we fished around the north wall with minnows and pulled a couple of bigeye trevs around 35cm. Nothing else there so we moved on to look for salmon while the tide was still running in. Saw nothing in all the spots we looked at except for some fussy queenfish in the main channel near seaworld and ended up back at the seaway just as the tide started to run out. The fish were stacked over the pipeline and we sent down a range of lures, managed a few hits with no hookups on plastics but nothing else. One of the fly guys pulled a golden trevally around 40cm. Gave up there after and hour or so can called it a day at around 9am, there were a few salmon sporadically feeding around the grand ramp but not frequently enough to get a cast in.
So that was it a pretty poor effort with only 2 fish landed for the day. What was interesting was the total lack of fish on the sounder in the seaway while it was still dark. Its possible that the fish moved further into the broadwater away from the phosphorescence and returned once the sun came up.
I didnt start fishing until about 9am Sunday – I didnt try fishing the seaway but I was surprised there was only a couple of boats there. We came back in at about 12 noon and was again surprised as there was only 1 or 2 boats fishing the whole seaway area.There may have been fish there though…I was in a rush and didn’t try the seaway as I normally do. We did get 3 nice snaps for a late start so we were happy.
Best of fishing to you fellas.
ps I still cant see my bait or sinker dropping down on my sounder and have virtually written off my Hummingbird for a Lowrance. Any suggestions on what model ?
Thanks for the tips fellas. Those HDS 8 & 10 look the goods but the big price tag for me is damn hard to justify. But if it’s the difference between a good day and a great day it would pay for itself in no time.
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All trips are good trips catching fish is a bonus,
Do you think that all the clear water we have at the moment is something to do with the lack of fish that have been caught lately, I know you fishing is done in the dark hours but if the fish have been spooked most of the day with boats and what not who’s to say how long it takes the fish to settle down again because the water has been really clean for a while now