Actually we were a bit worried, because sometimes the big storms cause some flash flooding on the smaller crossing that still exist on the road to Sand Palms, but they were as dry as what Roggie calls a 'Çamel's Fart'. I think that's very very dry?
Poured at Sandpalms, and while we had the bungs out in the boat, we forgot to put it on a slope the next morning and travelled around with a heavy listing boat for the first day. On the ramp when we returned it must have had a hundred or more litre of fresh water in it. We made sure that the next day we drained it even only after a small storm, and it was amazing the water that gets in them.
Now we got to Sandpalms for the Thursday night pizza, and I invented a new one that the staff made up for me....a Salawaiian (instead of a ham and pineapple hawaiian), it was salami and pineapple Plus of course some of that wonderful red wine
|Matt with the great wine|
|This was the smooth water in Phoenix Creek|
We did manage a heap of 'Tea Leaf' trevally around China Wall and queenies, bream and trevally in the Charlotte. Then I managed a cast at a fish that Roggie said was a black trevally in the murky water, but it was a flat head with a very colourful striped tail.
|This flathead took the 'barra'fly|
|Typical Tea Leaf|
Saturday we all headed up to 'Jim's secret spot' but the weather was horrid and the sea was worse. Lord Jim had managed barra in Jim's Bay???, and Big Dave was at the secret spot, (when we got there) but there were only spasmodic queenies and wolf herring. The other boats had headed into the creeks out of the rough sea and as usual the Brokenflagens killed a pig. The Triple J boat ( Jenni, Jon and Jack) got some fish and we were late to all the spots, why??, Roggie had decided to put that 'Special Prop' on the night before. Well! it worked until we got into the waves and swell then the motor would not go over 3800 rpm. I didn't say, "I told you so"...but that prop is going to the Sea Gods to fix.
We had to limp back in a terrible sea, to a safe beach, where, with the boat rocking up and down, all over the place, Roggie put the old prop back on......fixed the problem.
|The Brokenflagens heading into the 'storm'?|
|Lord Jim setting up as it clears|
That evening there was a lot of planning, and decisions to make if we would go out the next day because of the horrid sea. The predictions were great, just like Friday and Saturday, and after drinking to the fish Gods and Marty doing a 'Fish' dance. (Something like an Irish Jig done by a German..which is what it was)...and all of us, except Jenni who had an injury from bike riding, decided to take on the rough sea for Sunday.
|Marty doing the 'fish Gods'dance....(a German Haka?) ..it worked!!!|
|The Stig, Canadian Pete getting the 'drum' and the map references?|
|Looks good....fingers crossed|
|Fish a cast!!!|
|You could see fish moving in the shallows for 100 feet either side of the boat, great, but not a lot of fish.|
|Jacks barra on an EP fly.|
|A bit different to the previous days...smooth but really really hot.|
|Keeping under the Great Northern shade.|
|A PB Jack for Jus|
|Marty with one of the barra|
|A beautiful morning.|