Loch Sport

Road tripping with Claire and my parents today, the plan today was to go to Seaspray and spend the hot day on the beach. The problem was:
– instead of 31 it was about 26, and
– it was about 15 knots blowing straight down the beach.

This made for miserable day so we jumped into the car and headed to Loch Sport. We found a nice secluded spot with our own beach on the lake side – had a great time. The water was only up to my knees for as far as I was willing to walk, but it was fun splashing around. We were sheltered from the wind totally, the same came out and made 26 degrees feel really nice. Great to have such a nice location all to ourselves.


Good times!

Night in Phillip Island

Finally the end of Group On!

Claire took us down for a night and it was actually pretty good. Waves was a good place to stay. The dates weren’t convenient as I had exams in a few days, but it was only a night and was a lot of fun.

On the way down we played some mini golf, the next day hit the beach.

The highlight was the Wednesday night, we had planned to go to the brewery for a meal. We went for a walk beforehand, but the beach was just so beautiful that we thought it would be silly to go for a pub. I got a fried rice, Claire got some pasta – we ate watching the water. Definitely the way to go.

 


Pasta and Rice on the beach


Vising the beach the next day

Day Trip to Paradise Valley

Brad and the girls (and the other Brad and his girl) was going to Paradise Valley. Although I had university and could not actually camp, I decided to go down for a day trip. It was a very hot day, and it was so great to be able to enjoy the water – I haven’t done so since I was a kid. It was also fun to see the kids play there the same way that I used to.

Camping in the summer seemed like a great idea – though I have to say the wind was fierce at times. Once destroying a tent. Not sure if that is something that occurs in the summer, but that was the only drawback that I could see.

Maddie summoning the courage to jump!

Cape Conran Again – Day Two

5am start again and it was the much the same theory as the day before. The gummy shark were not there again, so we went to the flathead spot. They weren’t there. What was there was a seal who decided to follow us around for a bit, before realising how useless we were.

The third place we tried yielded results all day. We had to leave at 1.30pm as we needed to drive back, yet we caught flathead after flathead after flathead. It was crazy. I got a gummy but we couldn’t keep it as “it still had afterbirth on it” (f- off, it wasn’t that small).

I would have won an award for the most varied catch, getting octopus, kalamari, the small gummy, gurnards, flying gurnards, and some barracuda.


The best flattie I have caught, there was no tape measure on the boat!


My calamari, along with the flying gurnard next to it. Flying gurnards are surprisingly nice to eat.

At some point the skipper nailed a large gummy, which was great to add to the flathead. When we left at 1.30pm we had 49 flathead, 3 flying gurnards, 1 gummy shark, and two calamari.

Caught:
Me: 15 odd flathead, 2 calamari, 2 flying gunards, variety of non-keepers
Dad: 15 odd flathead, 1 flying gurnard
Skipper: 20 odd flathead 1 good Gummy shark

All in all I have 22 vacuumed sealed fish packets in the fridge that will feed 2-3. So a very productive trip!