So today I had the day off work again as there is no fruit to be picked, and I was lucky enough to be offered by Mark to go sea fishing.
I was up at 4:45am to meet him at his at 5:30am, then drive to Mooloolaba to meet his other friend Dave, and launch the boat.
We got the harbour while it was still dark, prepared the kit and launched the boat by 6:30am. In the harbour it was dead still and the water was just like a mill pond..
When we went out round the break water at Point Cartwright (where I surfed with the guy from Mooloolaba hostel) the sea wasn't as sheltered as expected and when the boat really good up to speed it was bloody bumpy!
The first spot we went to fish was the furthest offshore, as the wind was meant to pick up by mid morning. The journey there was about 20/30 mins and was over 20km. It was amazing to watch the sunrise up over the sea ocean, and I also saw a Humpback Whale which was pretty sweet.
Once we got to the spot, which was the wreck of an old fishing trawler, we fished for about 2 hours. Unfortunately the current and wind was too strong, so while we were trying to fish as we drifted over the wreck we moved too fast to get much time fishing. We caught a couple out there, but only 1 big enough to keep, as they had to be over 35cm to eat.
We eventually gave up on that spot and went to a second one, about 10km closer to land. The difference in the wind and current was incredible - the sea was almost flat and the anchor held us on the reef no problem.
At this second spot we must have caught 10+ fish between us, but NONE of them were big enough to keep unfortunately. It was still great fun though.
By the time 12:30 came around Mark and Dave had things to do back at home so we had to go back in, although I would quite happily stayed out there all day long.
I was lucky to be given the only fish on the boat to take home, as normally 'skipper takes the first fish' haha.
We got back to Mark's house and sorted the boat out etc, and just as I was getting into my car to drive home huge hail stones started coming down, crazy weather!
As it was such beautiful weather on the coast, when I got home I checked the surf report and there was a small wave at Carrimundi, so I went for a surf.
I ended up surfing the reef out the front of Carrimundi as it was making the most of the small swell, and it was good fun. Although about about an hour and a half it became a complete circus with 10-15 year old kids.
On the way home after the surf I collected my board from the shaper fixing it. He did a good job and patched up about 5 different areas, so I was happy with that.
Once I got home I was knakered, I just had a shower, went on the internet and ate. After dinner we watched a film on Marilyn Monroe which was pretty interesting, then I went to bed knakered.
(photo - all photos from fishing trip on camera, this was taken the next day)