Early on in the week, the swell was huge around 4 metres, thankfully that has now abated and it has gone to the other extreme and there is less than a metre of swell around the walls. Fishwise the GT's were scarce from sunday through to tuesday with only 1 caught that I know of at the base of the swell on the north wall dropoff, they did show in numbers at the right time on wednesday 10.45 - 12.30, first at the pipeline then just south of the canyon. All GT's seem to be in that 62-63cm size. They also showed up 4 times on thursday ay 11.40 - 12.10 then disappeared.
The big kingfish showed up on thursday, a couple of times near the nth Wavebreak Yellow X but then moved down to the area west of the dredge and started rounding up balls of white pilchards. Noone hooked any however. There seems to be a bit of variation in size now too with quite a few kingfish in the 60-70cm size as well as the metre long versions. I did see some 60-70cm specimens around the north wall and pipeline chasing bait on surface during the run in tides.
Plenty of small tailor on surface just on dawn offshore from the seaway mouth and some decent tuna offshore from surfers.
Bigeyes hanging around the pipeline as well, look for the school on your sounder then drop a 30gram twistie down to them. On thursday just as the clean water reached the pipeline on a run in tide big schools of bigeyes came up to feed on surface a few times, kingies were mixed in with them.
Decent size tailor chasing bait on the wavebreak flats but hard to get them to eat. The usual undersize jewies on plastics at the tabletop on the start of the run in tide. Not much eating on the morning run out tides, the run in tides are seeing much more action regardless of the time of day.
So overall, plenty of bait around still, the run in tides seem to be providing the most action, the sea is flat as a tack and as such edge fishing isn't yielding any fish. Keep an eye out for bustups get there quick and you might catch any one of half a dozen species. Best lures were 20gram twisties.
|Wednesday 17th April||6.00am - 2.30pm||0026 1.38 0709 0.49 1253 0.96 1824 0.51|
|Thursday 18th April||6.00am - 3.00pm||0125 1.33 0817 0.50 1409 0.95 1935 0.55|
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May be they like rougher conditions Craig, like you have been fihing in over the last few weeks. Is there much bait around?