Wind: NW to 5 knots, becoming calm later
Swell: 1.5m SE
Water temp: 27.2°C
Tides: 5:57 am : 1.73 H; 12:28 pm : 0.59 L; 6:01 pm : 1.31 H
Current: at Jew Shoal, no significant
Launch point: Middle Groyne
Surface action: none seen in Laguna Bay but eyetag reported small bustups at north Sunshine Reef
Participants: jaro, gemini, aussie-stu, weeksie, cuddles, soren and friend andy, eyetag, sunshiner
Keen Angler Program: sharks not accepted!
Alarm set for 3:30am, woke at 2:45am. No point in going back to sleep. Accordingly, with a less than ten minute drive from home to launch point, I was early. But eyetag was still there before me, and what's more, he'd already left on a lonely journey to North Sunshine Reef.
The other guys started turning up, except cuddles (our newest member hoping to launch with us for the first time). As I later found out when I discovered him at Jew Shoal, cuddles didn't know the location of Middle Groyne and instead launched on the beach just east of the river mouth groyne. A challenging launch, he said!
As for our launch, it was easy. High tide, not much of a swell. Some of us dry-bummed it.
Eyetag responded to gemini's radio call and revealed he was just about to arrive at his chosen spot, an hour's paddle from Middle Groyne.
The rest of us opted for Jew Shoal, a place many of us know well.
Some trolled with lures, others with baits. I was hoping again for a snapper or sweetlip and was rigged up accordingly.
NOTHING BUT SHARKS, small whalers! Except that eyetag picked up a few fish at north Sunshine as soon as he arrived (pic later).
I got three sharks, all taken on a single drifted ZMan soft plastic which survived all encounters. Here they are (frames from GoPro video):
There was some embarrassment, I must say, but the two oldest guys didn't end up with red faces.
Oh, and eyetag's fish:
Author Kayak Fishing Manual for iPad and Mac (click linked text to view)
Stealth Supalite X, yellow/orange
Additional video below showing the sand monster in action by Gemini.