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Gone Fishing!

4 Dec

Last weekend James and I went salmon fishing with some of the Amazon guys (plus one Microsofty). Our previous fishing experience has been limited to those fishing farms where they stock the lake with gullible fish so we were pretty excited to try real fishing.

First of all we had to buy fishing gear. James bought some waders (they didn’t have any even remotely my size, boo!), a fishing rod and reel plus our fishing licenses. But no big deal, we figured we would make that money back with our sweet, sweet salmon haul.

Chi Kai picked us up and we drove for 30-40 minutes to Carnation. The guys assembled their rods and scoped out the area.

It was really cold. I was wearing compression leggings under my pants and on top I had a singlet, long-sleeved shirt, hardfleece jacket plus another jacket and was on the cooler side of comfortable. Normally when we’re outside we’re walking or doing stuff, but fishing is just standing there so even though I initially thought it was overkill it was a good idea to go much warmer than I normally would have.

James was very pleased with his waders though. They were made from neoprene and he said in conjunction with his fleece pants they kept him very warm. And dry – he waded to almost waist-height in them.

Luke and I went on an expedition to the bridge where he said last time he was able to see a lot of fish. But on Sunday it was windy and the water was too choppy to see into.

The bridge was nice (although it swayed disturbingly in the wind). Luke seemed pessimistic about our fish chances because he hadn’t seen any salmon tail flaps or something along those lines.

Me: But Chi Kai told James that he had a good feeling about this trip!
Luke: Chi Kai says that every time.
Me: =(

We upped our salmon-catching chances by finding two worms on the way back.

But unfortunately it was for naught. The guys changed locations a few times because nobody was getting any bites.

This is James at what I think was the third or fourth location they tried. His fishing line was shorter than it should have been because he’d tangled it earlier and had to cut part of it off. So he wasn’t able to cast into the deeper water where he suspected the salmon were lurking. But he didn’t mind – he said he would only be sad if everyone but him caught a fish.

At one point James’ line got tangled with Chi Kai’s and James was like “I caught a Chi Kai!”

Here is Chi Kai patiently untangling their lines. But if I hadn’t told you that though you would totally have though he was about to spear a fish.

Also, James has a very weird casting action (or maybe he’s doing it right and I’m doing it wrong). We’re both right handed and when I cast the motion is similar to throwing a ball with my right hand. But when James casts the motion is similar to him backhanding someone with his left hand. He was complaining that his left arm was getting tired and I was like “what??!”

You can see it in this photo actually. Look, his right hand isn’t even touching the rod!

One of us is doing it very, very wrong. Possibly both of us.

Oh, and we saw an eagle, which was pretty cool. I got a blurry photo of it (it was really far away and really fast – we thought maybe it was scoping out salmon).

Although the most exciting part was actually when we were in the car at the start of the day waiting for Luke, because we saw a squirrel that was – wait for it – holding an acorn! I didn’t know that was actually a thing – I thought it was just in cartoons! Forget the eagle; squirrel holding an acorn was everything I had dreamed America would be.

But anyway, after a few hours of unsuccessful fishing the guys gave up. To add insult to injury I made them do a failure pose.

But here, I drew them a more successful alternate reality.

Well done guys!


Crabbing at Lakes Entrance

2 Mar

Last weekend James and I went to Lakes Entrance with some friends to go crab fishing. It was a 4 hour drive, though the route itself was pretty easy – we just took the A1 the whole way.

After we had lunch and checked in, we hired some boats and went hunting for crabs! Actually it was less hunting, and more getting told by the boat guy where the best crab spots were. We split the boats into Boy boat and Girl boat (plus Carlo). Carlo tried to spearhead a movement to call it the Asian boat but it never really caught on.

This is Boy boat pulling up a catch.

We tied chicken carcasses to the nets and would drop them overboard and haul them back up 5-10 minutes later. The boat guy said that crabs would swarm in one area, so if you kept catching crabs you should just stay put.

This is Girl boat being Asian.

It was a gorgeous day and we all wore bathers, but once people saw the jellyfish in the water nobody was brave enough to actually go swimming.

Crabbing was pretty relaxing though! We would talk, then check the net every few minutes. Boy boat had fewer talkative people on it though, and James said it was mainly him and Simon talking. Actually James is not normally much of a talker – he’s gotten much better at it, I think because of his job.

James defected onto Girl boat halfway through because we had trouble cranking the motor (though in all fairness, he said our motor was significantly harder to start). He insists that he brought the luck, because Boy boat started well, but Girl boat came home strong. I think the reason was less James-luck, and more that Boy boat kept driving around looking for better spots, which was exactly what the boat guy said not to do!

We were consistently pulling up crabs all afternoon, and once we had an adequate buffer of crabs we decided to throw back the smaller ones. James used the tongs to throw this one at Boy boat.

Also when we were done with the chicken carcasses he threw those at Boy boat too. I think one of them hit Damo in the shoulder.

We caught 46 crabs in total. Girl boat caught more crabs but I think overall the Boy boat crabs were slightly bigger.

James is not normally a big fan of fishing or beaches, but even he said it was a really fun day. =)

Fishing Adventures, Continued

8 Dec

There was perfect weather again the next day at Shoreham. We were pretty lucky, because that weekend of perfect weather was bookended by cloudy, humid, wet days. As I mentioned in my previous post, the tide was too low for squid fishing so we went to Flinders the next day to hunt squid. Tide was too low for squid fishing so we went out again the next day. Though in all honesty there was more mucking around than there was actual fishing.

Here is James jumping off the pier into the water.

It looked fun, but he was cold for the rest of the day.

Also this little guy showed up. He was pretty tame, swimming around the scuba divers, and sunbathing on the steps.

Cat told me that there was a guy at the end of the pier who had caught a squid, so we all went down to peer at his bucket. While we were there we took silly photos.

I look quite pleased/surprised in the second photo because I used to not be able to piggy back him. So I was a bit worried when James hopped on, but it was actually really easy.

The original plan for lunch was to go to Red Hill Kitchen, but they changed their opening hours and are no longer open on Sunday. I’ll have to try and catch them next time we go down. Instead we went to the Red Hill Bakery where I had a beef and burgandy pie with salad and chips, and a raspberry and white chocolate strudel for dessert.

The chips were delicious salty and the pie was beefy, though I did covet Cat’s duck pie. The salad was a little perfunctory, but that’s pretty much always the case when you order a meal where it isn’t the main event.

So even though we didn’t catch any squid, it was a really great, lazy day.

Adventures in Shoreham

5 Dec

James and I went to his parents’ beach house last weekend and dragged Cat and Scott along with us. It had been raining all week so we were a bit worried, but it ended up being perfect beach house weather.

On Saturday morning we went to the Red Hill market, which was incredibly packed. There was a truly impressive array of local produce (none of which I got good photos of, sorry!), and heaps of baked goods. There were so many gorgeous-looking items that I got overwhelmed and ended up buying nothing! Actually that’s not true, I bought some yo-yos and they were awesome. But I wish I had bought more! Scott bought some sticky date puddings and butterscotch sauce, and Cat got some fancy cider. I played at the petting zoo.

Then in the afternoon went to a beach in (I think) Flinders to catch bait for squid fishing. There was a net (with a hole in it) that we basically used to chased fish around. I caught a fish that we named Charlie. We got to talking about how fishermen make their catch look big by holding it way in front of them.

Look at my giant fish!

Err, medium sized fish?

Oh alright, busted.

Duncan said the tide was too low for squid fishing, so we packed it in for that day. For dinner we had turkey, ham, green beans and salad, followed by chocolate cake. The cake tin was slightly smaller than the one I normally use, which resulted in this:

See the tray underneath? That’s cos I knew that would happen. See how I didn’t move the cake to a bigger tin? That’s cos I was hoping that it might not happen.

It worked out okay in the end – I used a bread knife to level it off and we all snacked on discarded cake bits.