The winter cold water doldrums are in full effect now. Our group has tried wade fishing, SUP oama trolling and deep water kayak fishing the last few weeks with very little to show for it. My fish finder was reading 73 degrees on the surface in the mid-morning. Average water temp in July is 80 degrees so the nearshore predators must have gone somewhere warm to wait out the winter cold snap.
On our last kayak/SUP trip, the fish finder marked clouds of bait at 100 ft but my 2 hook damashi with one ika strip only caught hage at the very bottom. Frank trolled a fresh dead oama from 10 to 80 ft and nothing bit. That has never happened before at this spot.
I kept bouncing the damashi with ika on one of the two hooks as I worked my way back to land. An occasional hage would hit the ika and leave the unbaited fly alone. Then I hooked something in 20ft of water that fought a little differently. I was surprised to bring up a small weke nono in such shallow water. Had it been larger I would have kept it for poke. In the second photo you can see that it has a predator’s mouth like the obake weke, much larger than the common white weke.
Since the fishing has been unproductive, the guys want to surf and gather bait until the bite picks up again. I won’t bore you with the surf trip reports but if you’re interested, I could do some brief bait gathering updates. Anyone interested in that?