August’s prize is a Plano Waterproof Tackle Box filled with lures including a 15gm Twistie, ST Flash Minnow 25, 2 11gm Blades, Flash pop 8, Lurch minnnow and a Zipbaits Vib 25. Thats nearly $70 worth of lures, so write those reports up to get in the running!
Went out for a fish yesterday with dad as the deckie, arrived at the seaway at around 2.30 am. Was a little surprised to see the swell at around 2m from the south east, lumpy but manageable. The forecast had it 3m from the East but its amazing how much more fishable the seaway is with a little bit of south in the swell direction. Anyway we fished and scouted around the pipeline, north wall and Northern Y for zip. We did a troll run up the south wall and finally found the fish stacked up 8 metres down between The Gates(see Map 3) and the Seaway Tower. Dropped a 1/2oz CCM grass minnow down and hooked up straight away which turned out to be a 45cm Bigeye. Switched to a new lure under test the Vivi 30s(now available for purchase from the SeawayFishing Shop). Its a solid vib in the style of the legendary Zipbaits Vib 25 but with a slightly smaller profile and alot lower price. As a 30gram vib its sink time is excellent and it has a nice vigorous vibrating action on the retrieve. I dropped that down and hooked up again straight away, that went on for a while with dad getting a few as well on a Zman 2.5" curl tail in pearl and some double hookups all bigeyes between 30 & 45cm. As dawn arrived the bigeyes moved off and we headed over to the north wall to fish the flats.
First cast onto the flats with the Vivi30 I hooked up on another bigeye around 40cm, next cast multiple hits no hookup, next cast hooked up and landed a GT of around 40cm. Meanwhile dad was persisting with a chrome skitter pop 9 getting a few hits but no hookups. I briefly switched to a skitterbait to fish the surface got whacked on the first cast by a good Tailor which then threw the lure on one of its jumps. We moved around the front of the wall and fished that area for a while, I was just about to move when dad's ST Chrome Skitter Pop 9 got nailed by a massive fish. I didn't see the strike but the massive boil afterwards made me call it for a good kingfish. It took off and headed for the south east corner of the wall, a place where we have lost many fish over the years, luckily it turned at the last minute and headed out to sea, once we were about 100m out I knew we had a good chance of landing it and after about 15 minutes we finally got colour on a very good kingfish. It didn't like the boat and everytime we got it close it took off again. After 10 minutes of that I slid the 90cm kingfish into the net. Dad's biggest Kingfish yet, he was happy!
We fished on for a while in the same area before we saw some small mack tuna feeding on surface, I was back to using the Vivi30 and threw that in there and it was hit by a feisty jellybean mack tuna around 30cm. We landed another 5 or so of those before moving off to try some plastics on the bottom. Unfortunately try as we might we didn't hook another fish. We moved around, tried the pipeline, south wall, broadwater all for zip so we called it a day.
So an interesting morning, there is fish around but once that sun gets up it seems to be real hard work.
As for the rest of the week, not too many reports coming through. Some Tailor, Bigeyes and small GT's on metals, vibs and minnows around the North Wall Flats at dawn. Tailor around the north wall on minnows at dusk. Small Mack Tuna in front of the seaway, nothing bigger than about 40cm though. A few jewies about the pipe and north wall deep hole and eddy on livies and plastics. Some small to medium Bigeyes along the south wall. There are some real big fish around though, on Monday I sent a 45cm Pike to the bottom of the deep hole just before the top of the tide, he got eaten in minutes and I hooked up to a solid fish which proceeded to not bothered at all by me on the other end, after 5 minutes of me trying to get some line back he finally figured out he was hooked and he did a long screaming run before busting me off on a bit of underwater structure. God only knows what that was.
I will be at the Carrara Markets Car Boot sale again this sunday if anyone wants to come along for a chat.
|Monday 29th July||3.00am - 11.30am||0042 1.22 0701 0.24 1342 1.24 1939 0.51|
|Thursday 1st August||2.30am - 10.30am||0352 0.95 0946 0.33 1652 1.34 2327 0.47|
Successful Lure’s Rundown
Fishing Gear Used
SWF Strong LLBC702M/ML 7' Spin rod / T7-30 Reel /12lb Yellow Spider Braid / 30lb Famell Super Shock Leader