As another week passes and we head towards November, the odd weather continues and the surface feeding is improving....slowly. I fished on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings this week.
Plenty of Tailor around the North Wall on Monday and Tuesday especially on the NE corner on Skitterbaits and Skitter Pops, Skitterbaits getting the numbers but Skitter Pops getting the quality during the dawn session, I suggest mixing them up to get the best of both. Once that sun is up fully though, the skitterbaits are the only things getting action. Microjigs fished on the bottom around the face and eddy on the run in tides have picked up some more tailor as well. Interestingly minnows and Twisties are yielding little though its possible I didn't give them enough swim time, probably due to the large amount of weed around the North Wall. . Yellowtail Kingfish ranging from 50-70cm are holding around the pipe and are coming up to the surface to feed on the run-in tides, it's very unpredictable though. Small queenfish are feeding early in the mornings in the Southern Channel but the bait they are chasing is tiny, so go as small as you can, 3-7 grams of slug or fly if you have it.
More bait is coming through with every run-in tide and the Northern Channel is starting to fill up with bait, there's some holding along the North wall of the seaway as well. I haven't seen any fish feeding on this large amount of bait as yet, though I did see a couple of bustups on the eastern side of the channel opposite the Canyon on Monday and Tuesday.
Bigeyes did show up on thier usual holding spot on Monday and Tuesday along the South Wall(between the tower and the last gate) but they were not feeding.
As for the weather, we have not seen a sustained SE wind event(3-4 days of 20-30kt SE or FWF) for months now, its all been days of Northerlies, then a day or two of SE then back to the Northerlies again. Sustained SE wind events usually push the large schools of bait into the Seaway and increase water temperatures, which usually drives some excellent fishing opportunities. So keep an eye out for that if one ever shows up.
I did go out this(friday) morning as well in the hope the strong southerlies would push more bait in, and it did and bloody hell it looked good, massive bait schools all over the place and lots of birds, geez it looked fishy. But nothing happened. No surface feeding anywhere and nothing but bait on the sounder. The only thing I managed was a few tailor along the North wall on Skitterbaits and 1 on a Microjig. Water temp was right down though at a solid 18.5 degrees.. not good.
So nothing has changed over the last week, it's still very hit and miss(mainly miss) and we are missing the high end predators. I suspect we won't see them until water temperatures increase.
|Monday 21st October||3.00am - 11.15am||0251 0.04 0929 1.53 1547 0.16 2138 1.12|
|Tuesday 22nd October||4.00am - 11.30am||0322 0.10 1007 1.49 1630 0.22 2215 1.04|
|Friday 25th October||4.00am - 9.30am||0517 0.33 1214 1.30 1855 0.36|