Better late than never, the highlights video from the first half of the year.
Well the good news is that...
things are well and truly on the improve. The weed has gone( a little bit around the north wall courtesy of the northerlies but not excessive), the phosphorescence at night has gone and the water has lost it's crystal clear look. Visibility is now 2 metres at the top of the tide which is right about where you want it. It's a bit dirty on the bottom half of the runout but not too bad. The only bad news is that we still have very little bait flicking around. The big fish are there but they are just going through the motions and eating just enough not to starve. All the GT's I have caught lately have been quite skinny, not at all like the fat fish we were seeing in April/May. Why they choose to lean up rather than searching for food further afield I have no idea.
Fishwise. Tarpon around the walls again, not heaps of them but enough to keep you occupied if you can find them. GT's still sitting in the canyon eating trolled lures on dawn or dusk at the top half of the tide, you won't catch alot unless some bait comes through but there are some good size ones there. Use a lure that trolls to 4m+ as they don't seem to like coming up too far, I got them on Bolt Omegas and Rapala Mag 15 & 20. Lots of Dart around the north wall some even around 50cm but you need to go tiny to have a shot at them, flies like crazy charlies are working best. Yellowtail Kingfish around the southern end of the pipeline, a mix of sizes from about 60cm up to a metre. Whether they feed depends on the day and the amount of bait that comes through. Poppers are working if they start chasing decent size bait like garfish or pilchards. This time last year the kingfish were chasing the tiny bait hidden under the blue jellyfish on the runout tides so keep an eye out for that. If they are only chasing tiny bait you need to go real small with finesse plastics like the 3" Fisharrow Flash J. Very few tailor around but that can change at any time, the few I did get this week was on Flash 25 minnows in redhead yellow. I suspect most of the tailor are still up at fraser but they should start making thier way back down very soon if they haven't already. The usual jewies around the pipe, canyon and north wall eddy.
So in summary everything is just about right, all we need is the bait to fire up the fish.
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