Well today was not meant to be a fishing day as I wanted to concentrate on doing some filming, I thought some action might happen though so I chucked in the gear as well. Arrived at 10am, well past any prime time for fishing. Had a look around and found the bait stacked metres deep off the end of the north wall, there were also some bigger fish holding close by. Numerous attempts with a range of lures told me they weren't feeding so I left there and had a look in the broadwater, bait is really thick around the dredge area but nothing was feeding on it.
Back to the seaway I spent an hour or so getting some underwater footage, all the while keeping an eye on the birds at the end of the wall. At around 12.30 I noticed the birds all taking off at once so I high tailed it out to the front of the wall. Sure enough the fish were on the job, schools of Bigeyes, Tailor, Dart and Mack Tuna were smashing into the schools of bait, now pushed up to the surface by the relentless attack of predators. Over the next hour and a half, I was hooked up constantly, not sure how many fish I landed(around 20 I think) but lost just as many, the tailor in particular were getting airborne and throwing the hooks. Sizes were around 40-45cm for the tailor, dart and bigeyes, the tuna were around 55cm. Good fun and great action, had to leave them biting at 2pm.
Water is improving by the day, its clean right the way through on the smaller tides, tons of bait around. The fish are there but only feeding when they feel like it. Was a bit rough out the front with the 20kt winds but fishable for the experienced. Lures used were the 15 gram gillies baitfish and the pearl slider on a 1/2oz head.
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Good to see the bait coming back, I’m looking forward to giving the area a good work over on thurs or fri, I don’t like to jinx myself but conditions are looking great.