Welcome to winter in the seaway. Calm seas, clear water and tough fishing. Still there has been some good fishing in the last week.
Decent size jewies have been the major catch in the last week, both on plastics and livies. Surprisingly many of them are just short of the legal size of 75cm, most of them around the 73cm mark but there has been a few bigger versions around. They are coming on the bite around the last hour of the run out and first hour of the run in. Fish during the night for the best results. Best spots have been The Canyon and the Deep Hole off the north wall, though the pipeline has held a few as well. Best plastics have been the gulp 7' jerskhads on 1-1.5oz heads, but use whatever it takes to keep the plastic near the bottom.
The big GT's have been very erratic this week, occasionally feeding on surface in big schools during the run in tides in the northern channel but some days not feeding at all. Poppers don't seem to be working anymore but drifting plastics through the school holding in the canyon is picking up a few fish as is trolling minnows that dive to around 2.5m like the XRD10, vision 111 and 120 laser pro. Trolling seems to be working better when the water is dirtier so its a good thing to start with just as the tide starts to run in.
Kingfish of various sizes have been around the northern channel during the run in tides, but sometimes only come up a few times it just depends on the day. I haven't heard of any catches this week despite some heavy feeding on Sunday and Tuesday so I guess no-one has found the magic lure or technique yet. Just throw whatever you have got on at them and cross your fingers.
The tailor have moved up the broadwater and can now be found feeding in the channels north of Crab Island up past Couran Cove Resort, the usual metals work if you can find them. You can also search them out by trolling metals like the 20gram twisty or minnows like the XR10 or Flash minnow 25.
There have been a few Tarpon around the walls but no big schools so you'll be working for them, I haven't seen or heard of any caught in the Northern Y the last 5 days so they might have moved on upstream. Still early in the season for them so hopefully they will return in bigger numbers.
There is a few small bigeye trevally, along with the odd small kingfish, school mackerel and other species of trevally holding off the end of the south wall during the run out tides, but you need to fish a light jighead with a baitfish profile(Flash J, Whitey, Flickbait) or a small blade to have a shot at them 1/8th or less will give you the best chances.
Dawn also sees a few tailor, small bigeyes and small GT's around the north wall on 20 gram twisties.
If all else fails there is plenty of Bream around on the bottom, near the north wall and North wavebreak wall, just put a 1/8thoz jighead into a banana prawn Gulp Shrimp and you should catch a few.
There should be large tuna holding over the deep reefs (18's, 24's, 36's)by now so if its good enough to go offshore, its worthwhile getting a few livies and drifting those reefs if the Seaway is yielding nothing.
This report is a combination of personal observation and conversation with other seaway members, thanks to all those who have contributed. For those who are coming to the meetup tomorrow, I'll see you then.
|Tuesday 18th June||4.30am - 11.00am||0248 1.27 0911 0.26 1602 1.31 2156 0.49|
|Friday 21st June||4.30am - 2.30pm||0007 0.31 0553 1.24 1148 0.09 1844 1.73|
Successful Lure’s Rundown
Fishing Gear Used
SWF Strong LLBC702M/ML 7' Spin rod / Daiwa Ballistic 3000 Reel / Jundao T7-30 Reel/ 10lb SWF Yellow PE Braid / 30lb Famell Super Shock Leader
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Craig I caught plenty of gts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. All fish between 70-79 cm. Only one was landed on a metal, all the others were caught on plastics or sinking stickbaits cast into the schools. From what I saw they are not feeding as aggressively but still
plenty of numbers around.