Seaway and Inshore Report Friday 23rd March 2012
Went for a fish yesterday afternoon, the wind dropped right off from about 4pm, it turned out to be a beautiful night to be on the water. Into the seaway at 5pm, had a look around saw some fish hitting the surface near wavebreak but they were small, queenies probably. Headed offshore was lumpy but fishable. Birds and fish feeding from the south wall down past the sand pumping jetty some big fish amonst them. We managed 1 Gt around 60cm plus some small mackt's and frigates was some bigger fish there though. We ran out of daylight all too soon and headed back to the north wall fished around there for zip then headed into the broadwater to let the boats in the seaway settle down, trolled around for a bit and got some herring while we waited for full darkness.
Moved back into the seaway at around 7.30pm to try for some tarpon. Plastics first, we had plenty of hits and nudges which is a sure sign of Tarpon being fussy but for the first hour we couldn't convert one to a hookup. I trialled drifting a herring under a float but they weren't interested in that at all. I went back to plastics and around 8.30 I finally managed to hook one and even got it next to the boat before it threw the hook. Over the couple of hours we hooked another 10 or so Tarpon only landing one in the mid 50's. Some of those jumps were awesome too, at least a metre out of the water. Can't have been too much action for the other boats as there was only one other boat in there by the time we left at 10.30pm.
Not too bad a fish for an afternoon effort, though I wish I had been able to get out on the water earlier but you take what you can get.