This week we had light to moderate N-NW winds with afternoon NE Seabreezes for most of the week with a light SE change coming through on Thursday afternoon. Swell was quite small on Monday morning but increased and went around to the east monday afternoon making things difficult on the runout tides. I only got out twice this week and the results from both sessions weren't the best. Monday morning I went out with Howard, we had a look at a bunch of spots before sunup but the only place that held any fish was the end of the north wall right in close. That held a mix of Tarpon and Hairtail which were hitting plastics, I used 65mm Squidgy Slick Rigs in Dropbear colour while Howard threw around a Squigy Flick Bait , Howard landed one over a metre and I managed to lose all the fish I hooked. Howards fish did throw up a small pike which will give you some idea of what they are eating. After sunup things were average with only some schools of small mack tuna chasing tiny baitfish up the Northern Channel as far as Crab Island. Fussy though, very hard to get a hookup out of them. Around the walls yielded nothing.
Monday afternoon I went out alone for an evening session, didn't get on the water until just after sunset. First few casts up near the tip of the north wall had me hooked up on Hairtail again but each time they managed to get thier teeth on the trace and cut me off. After that I searched for some bigeyes and found some near the north wavebreak wall hitting the surface. I threw plastics and minnows at them first but they didn't want those so I switched to the Skitterbait and pulled a half dozen over an hour with a very slow twitching retrieve. Size was pretty small though, nothing over 35cm. I headed up into the nerang river looking for schools of larger fish but saw none, no bait up there either and nothing around marina mirage.
Snot weed levels are falling rapidly and we should be free of it in a couple of weeks time. The lack of decent sized bait is the biggest issue right now, we won't see any decent action until that improves which could happen anytime between now and November. Phosphorescence levels are still quite high but most of it is on the surface so you can catch a few fish at night regardless of it.
The GT's are still around as a big school of a hundred plus fish was sighted in the canyon last sunday. Like us they are waiting for some decent food to come through, I suspect that at the moment they are just eating enough to get by and conserving energy the rest of the time but once the bait shows up, it should be on.
So in summary, things haven't improved much but looking back on previous years it is not until October that we start seeing some decent action. The Greenback's are not far away so get those minnows and poppers ready. If they do show up in numbers there will be a fish alert BUT previous years have shown me that the schools of big fish move on very quickly so you will need to get out there very soon after the fish alert to get on to them.
|Monday 9th September||3.00am - 9.00am||MO 0406 0.05 1034 1.39 1637 0.19 2239 1.27|
|Monday 9th September||3.30pm - 9.30pm||MO 0406 0.05 1034 1.39 1637 0.19 2239 1.27|
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Nice Hail Tail Howard,. Are Hail Tail eatable Craig ?I caught one la few years back thinking it was a Giant Pike eel..