As we head towards the end of the year baitfish levels continue to increase, this week saw some interesting things happen.
Tailor continue to be the most consistent catch, with them preferring the days with good wash around the north wall. I fished on Tuesday/Wednesday this week and the 20/25kt SE winds on Tuesday had the tailor active and feeding in the wash for hours. Still had to work for them a bit but I was able to catch them on skitterbaits as late as 9am in the morning. Minnows like the flash 15, 25 and vision 111 are still pulling some decent fish around dawn with the odd fish after sunup. I didn't get a single fish on metals this week. Afternoons just don't seem to be fishing well for them at the moment.
Kingfish are still around the Canyon and the Pipeline, though some days they aren't feeding much at all with just a few boils. Tuesday they fed probably 10 times and I managed to get two decent casts into them, the skitterbait got hit twice but no hookup. Wednesday they only came up 3 times each time around 5 seconds each, not enough time to get a cast in.
Bigeyes are around further up the Nerang river with a few around Marina Mirage but the bulk of the fish in the stretch from Sunrise Bridge to the Council Chambers feeding early mornings, late afternoons or just after dark. There's only a few around the seaway, though with the volume of bait coming through I don't think it will be long before they return to the seaway area.
GT's are still further up the rivers, I've heard of a few from Marina Mirage and at random spots in the river up to Lake Intrepid.
Small Mack Tuna have been turning up in the seaway but it's very random, there are there one day and gone the next.
I didn't see any surface feeding anywhere in the northern channel up as far as Crab or in the Southern channel this week.
The most interesting thing this week was finding massive schools of 10-15cm pike and 5cm yellowtail holding on the north wall flats dropoff. I noticed these when they started jumping out of the water trying to get my lure which was swinging over the side of the boat. I put on a bait jig and managed to get about 10 of these fairly quickly. I've been wondering what the large bait was that I've been seeing in the seaway and that's what it was. I know for a fact that the kingfish have been chasing these so having these as livies I though I might be in with a shot casting them unweighted into bustups. Unfortunately the Kingfish really didn't show in any numbers on that day and I had to leave early so I didn't spend much time livebaiting them on the bottom. I definitely think it will work but again accuracy and timing will be important. If you can get a live mini pike into a kingfish bustup I don't think they would refuse it. It also explains why skitterbaits are getting some interest, the small thin profile is a pretty good imitation of a small pike.
So overall not much improvement on last week but with the sheer volume of bait around(Eyes + Frogmouths + Small Yellowtail + Small Pike) I can't imagine the seaway will be overlooked by predators much longer. Water temperatures are still low, around 21.5 degrees this week.
|Tuesday 5th November||4.00am - 10.00am||0227 -0.06 0914 1.68 1535 0.03 2125 1.20|
|Wednesday 6th November||3.30am - 8.00am||0311 -0.02 1002 1.68 1628 0.06 2216 1.12|
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Last Sunday night ol mate Ashley and my self were sitting on the pipe soaking a few jew baits and seen something interesting.
Ive look around towards the entrance and could see a glow in the water heading in our general direction…not the really bright glow like from the silly scuba divers that dive of a night but enough to get my attention…
As it got closer we could see it was bait fish, scattering every time a predator would take a swoop at them, leaving a phosphous trail and a few time we could see, what ever they were chasing them also leaving a trail in the phosphous..
Ash had a slug on one rod and flicked that around for a while but no attention.
Just on GT”s..
Wednesday night i was at the marinas and could hear a lot of bust ups in and around the jetties. Where i had parked i could drift a few live herring in under the jetty and hooked into three 45/50cm GT’s
only boating one…dont ask!!