As another week comes to a close with a big swell slamming the seaway lets have a look at what has happened in fishing this week and what might happen over the next few days.
Early in the week GT's were feeding in the northern channel just on dawn, this early morning feeding pattern continued on to Tuesday with the fish only getting as far the the Canyon due to the late tide then stopped feeding in the mornings as the tides got too late in the day. Just about any method worked on these fish, they don't seem to be fussy when they feed anymore, Poppers, slugs, stickbaits, trolling and plastics all got fish. Towards the end of the week the GT's showed again in front of the north wall in the morning on friday and just to the north along South Stradbroke on Thursday night. Keep an eye out for fish on the sounder in front of the north wall, and drop a slug or plastic down into the school if you see them. The GT's only seem to be feeding in low light periods at the moment(dawn, dusk and heavy overcast/rain) so keep your eyes open for them during that time regardless of the tide. The afternoon run in tides towards the end of the week should yield some good fishing on them, though with the bad weather forecast for monday/tuesday you might see them come up on those afternoons as well.
There have been some Tailor and Queenfish around in the northern and southern channels during the start of the run in tides, the Queenfish are quite large at nearly 50cm, just watch out for those spikes. Slugs like the gillies baitfish from 10-25 grams are working on these fish when you find them.
Jewies have been around on the start and end of the run in tides on plastics and livies, the 7" gulp jerk shads are working fine, the deep hole has held quite a few fish at times but many around the 73cm mark. Haven't heard of too many fish caught around the pipeline this week but there is probably a few there as well. Livebaits have been a bit difficult to find on the bait reefs this week with alot of work needed to get enough for a session. Look for other places to get livies, the broadwater is holding alot of garfish and squid at the moment both of which make ideal live or dead baits. You should also be able to get some pike if you look around the jetties and bridges. Herring are okay but the 23cm bream are in plague proportions and will make fishing herring difficult.
Big sharks are around in reasonable numbers, all you need for these fish is a big livebait of Tailor or Bigeye or a big flesh bait and drop it to the bottom on a wire trace in the slower moving areas and you should hookup fairly quickly. Sharks will find a big bait really quickly if they are in the area so keep moving if you don't hookup. The deep hole at the end of the north wall is a consistent provider of sharks. Remember that all sharks over 1.5m must be released.
I noticed a big tailor following my minnow out near the end of the north wall this morning as I was casting into the wash so with this big swell creating some excellent wash areas its worth chucking a minnow into the area around the end of the wall to see whats around. Also check out the north walls flats areas as well, twisties thrown into this area are picking up some bigeyes and GT's. Nothing huge but you never know.
Tarpon are still around the walls in small numbers at night, the bulk of the school was sighted north of Crab Island last Saturday, god knows where they are now. Just keep an eye out and cast into anything that looks like fish.
The waverider buoy off the Gold Coast is reading a 4 metre swell so be very careful if you are going out in the morning over the weekend, it was breaking nearly all the way across on the run out tide this morning. It is relatively safe in front of the north wall for experienced seaway fishos but don't take any chances. Everyone should be wearing a lifejacket if you are out in that.
|Tuesday 25th June||5.00am - 10.30am||0340 0.05 0931 1.26 1511 0.03 2204 1.87|
|Tuesday 25th June||3.00pm - 8.00pm|
|Tuesday 25th June||10.00pm - 2.30am|
|Wednesday 26th June||4.30am -11.00am||0432 0.06 1026 1.25 1604 0.10 2254 1.78|
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Thanks Craig – we headed out early Friday morning but struggled to boat any fish – fish everywhere on the run out tide before dawn on the sounder but we threw everything at them for only one failed hook up. Oh well that’s fishing! End of the walls were a bit on the hairy side for us. Tim