Full Report now available. Got out on the water just in time for dawn, tide was last of the run out swell was around 2m from the E with a 1m NE sideswell from the Northerly winds. Wind was about 5 knots from the NW. Water was very dirty as expected but most of the suspended sand was gone, visibility was less than 0.5m.
Weed was a problem, not too bad around the pipe but the north wall from top to bottom was a mess, nearly unfishable. Had a look around the dirty water lines in front of the seaway but saw nothing.
Decided to get some lives and see if we could tempt a fish that way, ended up with a dozen herring and drifted them around the pipe and around the north wall. Apart from a couple of small bigeyes and a few other hits that didn't connect, action was pretty slow though another boat who had pike managed some small jewies.
Gave that away after an hour and decided to do a run down the coast, recently had the polycraft repaired and wanted to test out the repairs on a decent offshore run. Went down as far as mermaid, saw a couple of schools of flighty small mack tuna but nothing we could get close to. Very few birds around, seemed to be plenty of bait around but it was all down deep.
Came back to the seaway during the second half of the run-in and the water around the north wall was still very dirty but at least seemed to have a bit less weed around it. Chucked some slugs at the front of the north wall looking for dart, managed a few until I downsized to a 5 gram rios which was the smallest slug I have and that was the slug they wanted, after that nearly every cast was a fish. Size of the dart was quite varied from 20cm up to around 45cm. Ran out of time at 11am and called it a day.
So pretty tough fishing in the seaway at the moment, livies seem your best shot at getting a decent fish but you'll need to stick with it. Especially as this run of rain and strong winds just doesn't seem to want to stop, we will be catching bass in the seaway at this rate. At least the dart are still around to give us some light tackle fun. By the way, the rio's slugs worked alot better once the paint is taken off them and you are left with the pure chrome slug.
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Good to see you got a few. I also made it out in the morning and given the water quality, I think this post should be titled “50 shades of brown”! Pretty tough going at the moment. Started with livies (herring) on the north wall and pipeline for zip. Stopped by wavebreak where I saw something hitting the surface on the southern side of the wavebrake north wall. I couldn’t tempt it with metals or a popper though. Headed north once the incoming tide was in full swing at about 7:30 and found some bait holding in close to straddie adjacent to the cross channel beacons. There were a school of tailor getting stuck into them so I fired sme metals into the bustups. Only managed two small tailor (30cm). Called it a day shortly after.
Cheers for the report.