Allan's Pet for the Night
The Freo Sailing Club WA Cruising Guide’s entry for Sunday Bay says “Fishing: Reportedly Good”, so off went Michael and I to try and validate the entry. Came back thinking we should update entry with “Fishing: Lots of small stuff”.
Allan and Joan came over to Camelot for dinner and brought a nice side of Mackerel with them, which they had caught earlier in the day (one more than we got).
We’d left our lines in the water whilst we caught up over some drinks, and just after sunset one went off. It was going all over the place – good sign it’s a shark. I was more than keen to separate the shark from my fishing line but Allan had other ideas. I pulled it up the side of Camelot and Allan grabbed its tail and removed the hook. Then he grabbed it under the belly in his other hand and brought it on board – ALIVE!!!
I had to laugh as my brother Brad caught a shark in the same bay last year and he wanted me to grab it by the tail – I passed and it didn’t come anywhere near the boat.
After the obligatory photos were taken and he had managed to scare Cas out of her wits by shoving the shark in her direction, back it went into the water. A bit of excitement for the night.
Next morning, it was over to Kinchega for a bit of carpentry. The boys on Indigo had built a neat filleting table that fitted neatly in front of the BBQ and Allan had gone to Mitre10 in Denham to pick up some ply to build one the same. He had kindly bought twice as much timber as was required some Camelot could get one as well. Once finished, he wrote “Copyright Kinchega” on the bottom. I’m not sure how Bob from Indigo will take that! Anyway, it should be very useful just as soon as we catch some fish!!!!
Lunchtime came and went and then it was time to move a couple of miles across to Shelter Bay. Allen started to pull his anchor up and found his anchor stripper had broken (as well). Never mind, he hopped in his dingy and headed to the beach where there was a couple of bombed out cars and other junk rusting away. He came back with some pieces of aluminium that he could fashion up a repair out of.
Shelter Bay is beautiful. The water was really clear and in went the shark shield followed by everyone for a swim. Then off to the beach for a walk. Had a chat to some fishermen who had caught a bucketload of fish – norwest snapper and pick snapper just I the channel. Quick as a flash, Allan and Joan were back to the dingy and back out in the channel fishing for tea. Michael and I followed them out and we got a few hits but couldn’t land anything significant. Michael hooked something big and we got towed around briefly but he lost it. I got a small Rankin Cod but it was a little undersize so back it went.
Meanwhile on the other dingy, Joan had hooked something really big and they took turns trying to bring it in for about 10 minutes before losing it after being towed round all over the place. A little latter Joan hooked something edible only to have a shark take it and then swim up to the dingy. Joan let out a little scream as Allan reckoned it was longer than the 3.4m dingy. We quickly left that spot.
Closer in Joan managed to catch a norwest snapper and got it into the dingy without any sharks bothering them. We had a lovely meal on Camelot as this was our last night together. We waved goodbye to Kinchega next morning as they made their way south to the Abrolhos. We had lots of fun hanging out with Allan and Joan on their Seawind 1160, Kinchega.