Date: 30/06/2010 1:58 PM
Cloud cover: 6/10
Wind direction & speed: at JS, south-east ~ 5-7knots
Sea state: low swell
current direction & speed: Current from west to east, perhaps 1 knot
Participants: Jaro, Harry and I (Pete went out to SR, early; see his report at the end of this post)
After setting up our gear we independently set off for Jew Shoal, which was kind to us yesterday. A southerly breeze kicked us along and we covered the 4km or so pretty quickly. Jaro reported the capture of a small bonito on his trolling outfit -- yes, on that lure again. He released the fish.
We headed for the area we'd fished yesterday and found that the breeze was now from the SE. A breeze from that direction would normally cause our drift to be toward the NW but to our surprise we found (from our GPS) that we were drifting toward the east, into the breeze. I persisted in using soft plastics, but this time used a 1/2oz jighead instead of 1/4oz on the basis that possibly I wasn't getting down deep enough yesterday. On my second or third cast I scored a small snapper, probably just size, but released it. Meanwhile Jaro and Harry were losing baits but not hooking much. But Jaro eventually boated a 40cm sweetlip and then I had a very good hookup which swung the yak through 180 degrees. This felt like a pretty good sweetlip and I was feeling quite chuffed until the hook pulled free.
We persisted, mainly in the same area, as we were certainly getting hits although my SP supply was dwindling as what I suspected were large toadfish tore great bites out of them. This suspicion was confirmed when Jaro fought and boated a toady larger than the ugly specimen he boated yesterday. This one was big enough to take a bite out of a yak and possibly sink it, so be warned.
And then a pod of several whales surfaced nearby, certainly less than 200m away. We watched them as they slowly departed toward the north, occasionally breaching or performing pectoral slaps.
Just before 10am the SE breeze started to strengthen. This cool breeze, combined with the lack of sunshine, eventually caused me to decide to give it away by no later than 1030, which I did. Harry and Jaro followed not far behind me. At the beach I rode a little wave in then grabbed the camera to get a shot of Harry and Jaro as they also showed off on the tiny swell.
Winter appears to be here so it's snapper and sweetlip time. All we need is light winds.
Red & Yellow Espri, black paddle
VHF channel 09 or 22 (if alone), Call Sign: sunshiner
Email report from Pete
Yes I headed out to SR early, absolutely beautiful sunrise and very calm conditions.
Drifted around with mullet flesh baits catching a lot of small cod, red emperor etc. Caught two parrot fish that were just legal so they went back.
Dropped a line for an hour at JS on the way back ...more small ones oh well there's always next time.
thanks for the stickers.