Recent fishing trips that commenced after first light had produced donuts, so Redwood and I decided to leave earlier with the aim of being out at Jew Shoal well before first light. As it was close to full moon and the sky was free of any cloud there was enough visibility to head out early. So we arrived in the car park at 4 am and launched by 4.15 am. The shore break was small and the launch easy. I added an extra red flashing light to the top of one of my rods to give more visibility for any approaching boats but we never saw any boats on the way out there. We trolled hard body lures out to Jew Shoal without any success. On arrival at Jew Shoal, Redwood started fishing for bait fish in order to put out a live bait, while I started trolled a deep diving lure over the reef, then switched to soft plastics.
|Moonlight shining on the water on arrival at Jew Shoal|
|Sunrise at Jew Shoal|
Redwood was trolling his live Yakka when it got hit hard. The fish had a short but very powerful run, followed by what felt like vigorous head shaking as it stayed beneath the kayak This lasted for around 5 minutes before the line parted. Some Cobia have been reported by boat fishermen recently so perhaps it was a big one of those? Or possibly a shark?
Tyler was bottom bashing Jew Shoal and hooked some small reef fish, but nothing worth keeping. ScottyD trolled dead baits around the headland, then on to Jew Shoal and following that onto Halls Reef. He got three hits on the trolled baits. Two hooked up but in both cases the hooks pulled. The third fish crushed the slimy just behind the head (no clear teeth marks so could it have been a Cobia?)
|Tunny's grassy looking a bit lonely on the mat.|