My first few trips out in saltwater this year have been very poor, so I was after some redemption when I drove over to Milford bright and early to catch high tide. There was a bit of a breeze coming over the Haven when I arrived at the stone pier, but otherwise it looked as if it was going to be another glorious day.
Next drop down I had a striking little, emerald green ballan wrasse, followed by a rock goby. From then on it was a bite a chuck. Seemed the fish were concentrated in a small area of slack water formed by a back eddy and the left-hand corner of the pier. Literally a few steps sideways and the bites tailed off.
As on previous visits the corkwings were the dominant species, particularly the ravenous little males, coming up two at a time on occasion. Had a few larger and very fat and possibly spawn-bound females, which made me think whether the bigger, mature males were off building nests ready to receive the ladies.
Ended the morning with 45 corkwings, 3 ballans, 3 pollack, 2 rock gobies and that single eel. Had plenty of rag left as well to salt down for future sessions. Hopefully that's my poor run broken now and I'll look forward to returning in the summer.