Went down to the Gold Coast last Sunday and have only just managed to download some pics, hence the late report.
Launched just south of the seaway at the first bit of beach and paddled Northwards. Conditions were good - minimal wind and swell so decided to do my first venture to the open water via the seaway.
I was trolling an SX40 (colour 306) and a $4 cheapie from K-Mart. Paddled about 2k's out to sea without a touch so decided to head back in and try the North side of the seaway.
About 1km North of the seaway my rod trolling the cheapie went off. Afew minutes later I had a nice 35cm tailor on the yak. Unhooked him and set him free. 5 minutes later the same rod goes off again. This time its a tailor of about 25cm. Also set free.
Continued paddling all the way up to the bridge and only managed to get a 20cm flattie and an even smaller trevor (both caught on the SX40).
Was totally knackered by now so with the wind at my back and an outgoing tide had an easy paddle back. The only dodgy bit getting back was dodging all the big powerboats in the channel.
Your first ventue into open water sounds a good one. Not overloaded with fish, but ya still got something for your efforts. And doesn't the shore look different from out at sea. Me, not have a past in stinkboats, I love going along the coast looking across water to the land. Looks so fresh and new to me because for the past few decades I saw the same scenery but from the perspective of being on shore.
Good sort of an outing Tom and you certainly covered some k's.
For your own info the North wall always outfishes the South side; on the northwall seaward end there is a good jew hole, and where the sandpipe crosses schoolies hole up on the bottom on the lee side of the pipe [depending on tide direction] and is worthwhile dropping in a livie near slack water.
launched a few weeks back out the seawayand went up the beach to south straddie.i got a few tailor around the 40cm mark,so they are there.just all the power boats nearly run you over when you try and cross the channell
Hey Tom - howzit going?! I have been wondering how the old Swing is going these days? I miss her plenty - not that I have had much opportunity to do any fishing over here! And now it is too damn cold anyway.
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