Fishing Report 9 November 2018
Weather for the weekend.
E at 10 kts for the remainder of the afternoon. Sunny with a max of 24 Wave height 1.7 period 11. Barometer 1019-1018.
High Tide 04.26 Low 10.10.23
NE at 14kts rising to 24 by the evening. Sunny with a max of 26. Wave height 1.3 period 9. Barometer 1018-1011.
High Tide 04.57 Low 10.54
NE 9 for most of the morning then we have swirling winds for the remainder of the day starting with an E gusting 6 swinging to a SE then a NNE gusting 16 by nightfall. Sunny with a max of 27. Wave height 1.3-1.1 period 6. Barometer 1012-1025.
High Tide 05.27 Low 11.25
Some nice big Shad hanging around the mouth in the 2-3kg range and they were very keen on paddle tails (my informant made a point of saying they released them) further into the lagoon it was mainly small Grunter that were feeding, These guys fished the SW on Wednesday and put in 2 hard sessions, hats off to them the wind pumped and it was not till Thursday when the wind had dropped and the lagoon started getting its colour back that the fish came back on the bite. They did have a big pickup on something big but after a good run it dropped the bait, me thinks a big diamond. Shad and Snapper Kob do come into the lagoon especially at this time of year, sometimes you can see the Shad ‘Finning” put wire on and use high swimming artificials especially Strike Pro Poppers.
So far this week today has been the best for surf fishing and the weekend looks good as well, the side wash is dissipating however and I quote my informant “ there is still a bit of snot in the water” so there you have it, I think he means weed, bless him. This morning’s action on the main beach beside nice size Shad were some Kob over 2kg caught on the mid bank very early this morning on Chokka Sard Combo’s, if you can’t caste far wade in as far as you can then give it a crack. Diamonds are here of varying sizes liking fleshy baits and while fishing for them there is a good chance of getting a Raggie. We are still awaiting the arrival of the “summer “Diamonds, this 70kg plus fellas. On Monday evening one of our informants took his Diawa Mag Seal 6000 for a evening jog and hooked into a 42kg Diamond “ it went left then right then I straightened out and brought him in like a ski plank”, bait used Mac cutlets wrapped around some Chokka.
Today and tomorrow are good days for fishing over the weekend, the water colour is improving after the storms. Our boat is out at the moment and one of the crew who was out with us a few weeks ago had a unusual experience, he bought up 3 fish at once and while he was untangling them he thought he would sit on his rod, unfortunately he must have moved as his rod went overboard anyway it was time to retrieve this rod and they started winding the braid around a bottle and were using flick sticks to try “jig” the rod but all attempts proved worthless any way the angler continued with line retrieval until somehow the clutch engaged and the rod was finally bought to the surface any way after overcoming that he still won 5 of the 9 skins on offer that day. For those that don’t play skins to win a skin it is the biggest fish caught on that reef and you can play a 9 reef or 18 reef skins, just something to do for fun.