Eging in strong currents
Posted on 18 September 2016
Tony, Jason, David and I went out for a late night eging session. We met up at 8pm and made our way down to the ledge. Jason went out in the morning and notified us that the swell was stronger than forecasted, so we selected a ledge that was safe enough to fish during the evening. Jason and I fished one side, Tony and David fished the opposite corner. Egi's were tied, drag set, spikes on and off we went. As soon as we had our egis in the water we noticed that the current was quite strong. From the cast the lure would drift 5-10m making it difficult to sink with a small/shallow lure so we opted for the larger sizes. I was using the 2016 Yamashita Limited edition jigs. The first hour or so was quiet with no hits at all. After 10 casts, I was changing lures and trying out different retrieves and areas. Around an hour into the trip I hit the first calamari of the night as I had a cast into the shallow end of the ledge. Jason was quick to think as he casted right behind my calamari and hooked up almost right away. As I got the calamari out of the water, I also noticed that Tony was walking over with a calamari. The first 3 that were caught were all healthy sizes hitting the 30cm hood length.
After the first 3 the eging died down again until Jason hit another calamari of a nice size. Tony was quick to follow with another calamari as well. Jason was switching through various egi lures to try and find what the calamari liked during the night. Tony stuck to the Yamashita 3.5 LIVE in the full body glow green colour in the shallow model. David wasn't having a great night as he got snagged and lost a few jigs, but kept persisting and landed an arrow squid on the a 3.0 Yamashita K series egi. Tony and Jason were slaying the squid as Tony hooked up onto another one, but dropped it as he tried to lift it out of the water. Whip whip and ON! Jason was the squid whisperer as he landed 4 for the night, Tony not far behind with 3 on the scoreboard.
We ended up with 8 calamari and 1 arrow squid by the end of the night when we called it quits at 11:20pm.