lakelad

Swansea, bait balls but no luck

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Went out at Swansea Heads last Sunday for a quick couple of hours before sunset. Was about 2m of swell running and approaching sunset so I didn't stray too far in a small boat by myself.

First stop was the dropover in the lake, threw out some squid jigs for a drift and worked a vibe, the only taker was an unfortunate squire who bit off more than he could chew.

Then trolled two lines out of the heads, one surface skirt and one rapala style deep diver but no hits after half hour going over some bait balls  on the sounder so went back to a bait ball I saw and threw some baits and metal jigs into it. I had a half dead yakka out, and patenoster rig and threw a soft plastic and metal jig but couldn't get anything out of the bait ball, although it looked promising on the sounder..

All in all a nice way to get out on the water for a few hours, an edible fish or two would have been nice though! Any tips on getting action from these bait balls?

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Should have dropped the reddie back as a livey. 😆

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Great Sunset.

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This time of year there will be large schools oy yakkas in front of the island an bommies  sometimes bonnies n kings hang with them  but just cause you can see bait doesnt mean there is anything else

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Try any spoons or wobblers near the bridge? or a vibe?? been going pretty nicely near the rsl on a silver spoon for taylor, have seen some reports around of some good squid too.

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No I didn't try that @Squ!rt but will give it a go at some stage, certainly always seems to be someone throwing some jigs there so must be something in it..

I've caught green eye squid at the bridge a few years back, when they're on they're on, but I haven't worked out the conditions it's very hit and miss. I see good reports of squid around moon island, but am yet to give it a serious go. Around April I was getting bag limit of the arrows at the drop over regularly, probably my favourite seafood!

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on the heads side of the bridge near the rsl i have seen kingys in there, im normally land based but catch taylor regularly there,

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The green eyes are caught between the heads an the island

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20 hours ago, rickmarlin62 said:

The green eyes are caught between the heads an the island

Seen some monster ones fly by and caught between the bridge and coon island over the years in the channel, photos of a monster squid i have seen, it covered an 80 series bonnet with the tenticles hanging over the guard. looked liked something from jurassic park.

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13 minutes ago, Squ!rt said:

it covered an 80 series bonnet with the tenticles hanging over the guard.

Wow! That's a serious squid!!

21 hours ago, rickmarlin62 said:

The green eyes are caught between the heads an the island

What's the standard approach and rig to use Rick? i.e. drifting or anchor, and paternoster squid rig or casting singles?

I've thought about this setup..
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Hi all...plenty of squid from the bridge down past the boat ramp.drift,when you find a patch,keep going back over it.i just put a ball sinker above the squid jig.squid aren’t that fussy.i just whip my jig hard,when line goes tight,I whip again.

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Single jigs drifting out near island  very rough bottom with lots of kelp rock n sand patches  in channel i use paternoster with 2 jigs  keep them small in channel  1.8  2.0   outside you can go bigger

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