So another interesting week on the water, flat calm conditions, light westerlies and clear water and one day of light rain. Visibility was around 10 metres at the top of the tide which makes fishing real tough until the water dirties up enough.
Fishwise, the tarpon were around the walls early in the week then apparently disappeared, but in fact they were feeding during the last 2 hours of the runout tide in the middle of the seaway, during the day. I think the very clear water made them decide to change their habits and feed in the dirty water where their excellent eyesight gives them an advantage over the baitfish. Successful lures on these daytime fish were CCM grass minnows and Cas Clear Powerbait minnows but any baitfish profile would work, drop them to the bottom under the busting up fish and work them back slow.
The GT's turned it on in the afternoons with the canyon yielding some very nice fish but they are now moving further afield in search of prey. They can be found down as far as Crab Island but are quite often coming up on the eastern side of the northern channel so keep your eyes open and get there asap if they come up. There are some big fish amongst them so unless you want to be fighting the fish for an hour leave the 6lb at home. Poppers up to 14cm and metals are the most effective with poppers getting some awesome surface strikes. Towards the end of the week the GT's were coming up in the morning and blind casting around the canyon just on dawn yielded some nice fish. Expect the mornings to fish fairly well as the tide gets later in the day.
There have been a few school and small spanish mackerel around the ends of the walls during the start of the run in tides but they require alot of casting to hook one. Bigeyes have been around the ends of the walls and around the wavebreak rock walls the in the morning and tides changes at night but they are small. Kingfish have been hanging around the same areas as the GT's but not much has changed with them.
Loads of Bonito and small Tailor around the inshore reefs this week so if you can't find any other fish or need to fill in some time they are worth a shot.
So there it is, some nice fish around but relatively small bite times so being in the right place at the right time is important.
|Monday 20th May||3.30am - 11.30am||0338 1.32 1005 0.30 1641 1.27 2229 0.48|
|Wednesday 22nd May||2.30pm - 8.30pm||0527 1.34 1134 0.15 1818 1.56|