20-21 February 2010
|Coordinator: Jeremy Weinman|
The original trip notice has been archived.
On both days a strong NE wind blew which unfortunately is the least
favourable for the popular shark gutters, so everyone piked out and did
easy sheltered dives. On Saturday a commercial dive boat was observed at
the very calm, but rather boring "Gut" bay under the lighthouse, while
we went for Pebbly Bay to the north. Unfortunately most of the seals had
moved even further north, so only a couple of lucky divers were visited
by seals, other fish present were Silver Drummer, Eastern Wirrah, Old
Wives, blue gropers and of course mados. The water on the west of
Montague was rather green down to 20m, but quite clear and rather nice
below that, with not much of a current. On Sunday some of us visited
Lighthouse Bay on the east side and found reasonable vis at the surface,
which got better still at 20m. Those who explored beyond the reel and
20m were rewarded with a Grey Nurse shark, seal, and Fiddler Ray while
the rest played with moray eels, wobbegongs, PJs, an unusually shy blue
grouper, red rockcod, silver drummer, bullseyes, and lots of schooling
yellow tails, not to mention the ever present mados.
-- Ron Henry
Ron and Mario have supplied photos.