Saturday, 14 August 2004
Craig, Matthew Possingham and Tim Ezzy went along with me. Rob came along with Jessie, Kylie, Rochelle and a friend (the "tiler" - can't remember his name). I think the tiler used his car to tow Rob's boat as it was a big F250 or something and could handle the heavy boat better.
We camped along the road saturday night at some truck stop near Halls Creek I think.
We knew it was a good fishing spot when Craig got spooled by a Tuna just at the boat ramp whilst we were bobbing around waiting for Robby to launch before we headed out!
The first day (Monday) was a little bit rough so we didn't go right out wide to the Sailfish grounds but tried a few closer reefs for mackerel etc - and we didn't do too bad.
Robs boat got onto a sail first and boated a nice big one and then Craig got one soon after. About mid morning however disaster struck! Rob's boat had its gearbox jammed and couldn't change gear.
Because we wanted to give him the best chance to get it fixed so he could return the next day we decided to tow it back in. It was pretty tough leaving such awesome conditions. After getting back to Broome Rob unfortunately had to call of the trip as all the boat mechanics were busy etc.
Tim ended up getting his on the Thursday and Paul didn't get one until the Friday. We tried for Matty Possingham but he unfortunately didn't get one. He did catch some nice other fish however and he fought some big fish on the last afternoon that we'll never know the identity of.
We drove home Saturday morning non-stop to Darwin - which in hindsight was a bit foolish as Paul was very tired getting home around 4am Sunday morning. Tim drove for a bit but Paul should've shared the driving more!
Posted by Paul at 2:19 pm
Sunday, 20 June 2004
|On Anzac Hill, Alice Springs|
Graham also came with us with his kids Talea and Justin. They borrowed Robby and Jessie's purple commodore station wagon for the trip.
Graham spent a bit of time in Alice meeting friends whilst we went on to Ayers Rock as we hadn't seen it before. We stayed at a road house 100km or so from the rock for a couple of nights and did a trip to Ayers Rock and The Olgas.
We then met back on the highway at the turnoff to the rock and travelled down to Adelaide with Graham and his kids. We stayed at Port Elliot for a few days which was a really awesome place and a pleasant surprise - as we had really only picked it pretty randomly.
We then went onto Melbourne where Paul's Aunty Kris was kind enough to lend us her house for a few days. The highlight was watching Collingwood beat Hawthorn at the MCG!
On Sunday the 4th of July we headed off to snow country! The two families shared a holiday house in the little town of Dinner Plains where we were living right in the snow.
We found living in the snow difficult at times (taking gear off and on etc) but a lot of fun. It was apparently a really good snow season and we had beautiful fresh snow most days. Paul had to ban Gwenny from skiing as the consensus was that there would be broken bones if she continued! The children remember with mirth the image of Mum's trainer chasing her through the snowy bush flapping his arms and yelling "do the pizza! do the pizza!".
Posted by Paul at 9:00 pm
Saturday, 13 March 2004
They set off when it was still dark and got to Sail City pretty early in the morning after a couple of hours of cruising on calm seas. When they got there a nasty lightning storm was all around them. There wasn't that much rain - it was like the remnants of an early morning storm was over top of them and spitting out booming bolts all round them. It was a bit scary as they thought about the fact they were in a metal boat and the highest point on the ground anywhere around.
They didn't do that good trolling but did really well just bottom fishing. Species caught included cobia, golden trevally and red emperor.
Posted by Paul at 7:00 am
Sunday, 1 February 2004
Saturday, 31 January 2004
Quite a few of the family were able to join us including a lot of cousins which was nice.
Dad bought Daniel a hunting knife and he loved it so much he wouldn't be seen without it for the next few days - he even cut his birthday cake with it.
Posted by Paul at 7:51 pm