Another week gone and this week the action during the morning run in tides was very mild, you had to find the fish then get them to eat. The afternoons had a bit more action but still less than what we are used to, perhaps winter is starting to make its presence felt.
The GT's which have been the biggest draw for the last couple of months spent the week sulking on the bottom. Surface feeding was rare, almost nonexistant during the morning run in tides. There is still plenty of bait around but the bait is down deep and not feeding on the surface which may be a reason the GT's have not fed up there. You need to find the schools of GT's and drop plastics down through them, deadsticking finesse plastics like the SF Anchovy or Fisharrow Flash J and slow rolling plastics like the pearl slider or grass minnows through the school works but you'll need to make alot of casts to get one to eat. Trolling deep diving minnows may also work if there are no other boats around. Earlier this week we found a school of GT's sitting on the bottom about 100m off the end of the north wall while it was still dark, these fish ended up taking pearl zman curl tail minnows worked really slow through the school. Keep an eye on that area during run out tides and on run ins sound around the canyon to try and locate the school. You need to go light on the jigheads though, nothing heavier than 1/4 oz as most of the time the fish grab them on the drop.
Smaller GT's, Bigeyes and Tailor have been around the end of the north wall and on the north wall flats just on dawn, not many of them though and the bite ends really quick so make sure you are there on time. 20 & 30 Gram Twisties and shallow running minnows like the Lucky Strike King Hunter/ SF Flash Minnow 15 & 25 have been working in this area.
There have been schools of dart around the north wall as well, usually when there is a bit of swell running, these fish aren't large(up t0 40cm) but they are a bit of fun if nothing else is biting, throw small 7 gram slugs around the washes to connect with one of these feisty little fish.
Tarpon are still around in the Northern Y during the second half of the run out, occasionally feeding on surface but more often sitting just off the bottom. Slow rolling paddle tail plastics on 1/4 or 3/8oz heads like Grass minnows, sliders or slick rigs works if they are feeding. Just cast out let it sink to the bottom then slowly wind it back to the boat. They are also around the walls as well but the numbers just don't seem to be there lately, its just been 1 or 2 fish a session.
There have been a few tailor working around the broadwater in the afternoons, just look for the birds and chuck slugs at the school, remember that the majority of the school is sitting below, so let those slugs sink a bit for the best result. They have also been taking livebaits fished in the eddy at the north wall.
Some decent jewies have been caught on live pike, herring and mullet, try the times around the top or bottom of the tides just when it starts to slow or speed up. Lures have accounted for some smaller fish. Locations include the pipeline, north wall deep hole and the canyon. There is tons of sea mullet around the north wall of the seaway and North wall of wavebreak in the eddies so that means the really big jewies should be around or are not far away, try catching one in a cast net or with a slug and dropping one to the bottom during the nigh or at dawn or dusk and you might connect with a jewie over that magic metre mark.
Lastly there is a film crew camped out on half of the boat ramp at The Grand, I'm not sure if they will still be there on the weekend, might be best to avoid that area, either that or get there early.
Good news is that I am nearly back to full health so I should be able to get back into it properly next week.
|Tuesday 13th June||3.00am - 1.00pm||0400 0.30 0943 1.11 1520 0.26 2208 1.60|
|Saturday 15th June||4.00am - 10.00am||0007 1.44 0640 0.34 1250 1.07 1820 0.48|