Set the alarm for 2:30 a.m. Slow getting up, but out the door by 3.30 a.m., and got to low Head by about 4:30 a.m.
The tide was high and there was no wind. Under the light at the pilots pier there was an amazing number of fish. At first they all appeared to be toadfish. Then I spotted a large puffer fish. And then a narrow grey fish -- some sort of mullet I guess. A little later a school of small pike went by. Then I noticed a perch like fish with black and white vertical stripes -- just one small one -- feeding in the deep water. A little later a narrow eel shape went past -- a small couta (which I caught). And as the dawn broke a large parrot fish appeared.
Ater a while I went to the other end of the jetty and fished around the small beach. At a fraction past 5:00 am Got the largest salmon I have had in a long while on a paddle tail minnow soft plastic. The fish was large enough to break the line when I tried to lift it out of the water -- it was a good 2+ kilo fish. Unfortunately, salmon are normally fantastic fighters, but this one was just a weight, so I am guessing I gill hooked or otherwise damaged the fish.
As the light appeared I went to the breakwater and fished there. A cormorant in front of me got 3 or 4 minnows. But I had no luck. Left at 6:00 a.m.