Wavebreak Island Up Close and Personal
Wavebreak Island is an artificial island formed to protect the broadwater from large easterly swells that enter the seaway. It has 2 rock walls at the northern and southern ends and a flats area with seagrass beds in the middle. It forms the western side of the seaway zone and yields plenty of fish for those willing to put in the effort.
The North Wall & The Canyon
The north wall of wavebreak island is probably the best fishing spot that wavebreak has to offer, depths range from around 3 metres at the base of the wall to around 13 metres in the canyon. The canyon is a dropoff zone that starts level with the eastern most point of the north rock wall and stretches eastwards for about 100 metres. This zone sometimes holds some large numbers of fish especially Bigeye and Giant trevally, Yellowtail Kingfish, Queenfish, big Flathead and Tailor. The bottom is comprised of sand with a couple of small rocks up closer to the wall.
On a run in tide an eddy and strong current line forms close to the rock wall heading north. This is an ideal place to cast a popper or metal and work the edge of the current line, usually fish holding here will grab it straight away. Hopping a plastic over the dropoff works as well but dont get too close to the rocks or you wont get it back. You can also work a plastic or a vib along the northern side of the wall as it it quite often yeilds surprising catches such as Bluefin Trevally, Diamond Trevally or Mangrove Jacks. On a runout tide the current line is less evident and it heads south from the tip but still worth a working over with plastics or vibs.
Surface action can happen around the wall at any time so keep a lookout for any bustups. During the summer months the frogmouth pilchards quite often hold in the area between the tip of the wall and the eastern beach.
The flats make up the area between the 2 walls, mainly just sand with a small channel that goes abouth half way down and includes a weedbed. This weedbed quite often has flathead in the vicinity. During early morning or late afternoon this is also a good spot for surface feeding by Tailor, Bigeye Trevally, Queenfish and Yellowtail Kingfish. Keep an eye out for any bird action or bustups. At night baitfish hold on the flats and is a good location for popper fishing mainly for Tailor and Bigeye Trevally.
The South Wall
The south wall is not quite as good a fishing spot as the other 2 locations mentioned above but it can still yield a few good fish mainly Flathead , and Bigeye Trevally. The lack of depth in this location is the reason that it doesn't attract more fish but its still worth a look if no other locations are holding fish. Plastics are the main tool for this area due to the lack of well defined eddies and current lines.