We decided to check the second cray pot first, this is the one
left in a hurry without proper locations.
After a very uncomfortable manual pulling from 35 metres depth
we were surprised to find what we certainly had not targeted with
our effort even though it was still a pleasant surprise. Inside
the pot there were 2 snappers, 1 undersized that we quickly released,
the other took us a good 10 minutes to get out and what an experience
that was risking to get bitten by a very green 8-pound snapper
as we attempted to remove it from the pot. After putting him on
ice we directed ourselves onto the other pot and now we had very
We did not have a lot of confidence into the previous one but
this one we had certainly done it properly and on pulling it up
the weight confirmed us that something was inside it so now it
was just a matter of whether it was some more snappers or the
well deserved crays. After a tug of war with the pot, our best
hope were met and, pulling this on board was like landing that
first big 30 pounder snapper.
Six beautiful limestone crayfish sitting inside the pot and were
they big! After a few attempts at removing the big ones we decided
we could do it a bit later so we headed straight back for Rapid
Bay. 15 minutes closer to land and the sea had started to get
better and, after having set the auto pilot, Vince and I were
both at the back admiring our catch and the joy was so high that
we had totally forgotten the sea conditions and the hard work
of pulling the pots. On arrival at Rapid Bay we decided to anchor
the boat and have another go at removing the big crays.
After further struggles we decided that the only way to get
them out was to cut their long antennae so we did it. It was a
great pleasure when weighing them to find out that we had a 2.8
and a 3.8Kg crays on board.
By now it was around 2 o'clock and the approaching slack water
made us think of aiming at those whitings that I was still convinced
to be down there. So on our arrival back on our new ground we
marked the ledge and I located where the exact likelihood spot
of the fish being was in relation to the marks. Noticed however
that I'm not actually looking for the fish colour but for bottom
features on my sounder. After a first attempt of anchoring goes
wrong with the anchor not holding to the bottom a second one put
us exactly on location.
Within a matter of seconds we were in a frenzy of whiting bites
that saw us catching just over two dozen in less than 1 hour.
I was so happy with my day and with the fact that I had proven
once again to Vince that the area had certain whiting potential,
that we decided to head back home and to give it another shot
the following day.
On arrival at the ramp a friend was there from Adelaide and was
he happy with his timing! Eugene had decided to come and join
us for a fishing day on Day 4 and the sight of those crays made
him wondered what he would have missed if he had just come a day
sooner. At home there were beautiful food and wine and plenty
of smiles all around.
At the start of Day 4 the wind was still blowing hard from the
south east so the idea to head south was once again rejected and
we decided to take Eugene on our newly discovered whiting grounds
just a few miles north of CJ.
On arrival the conditions seemed perfect down there even though
they must have not been out wide considering that on approaching
the ground we crossed the Glenelg fast ferry just less than 200
meters away, obviously put off track by the sea conditions they
must have met out wide on their way to Kingscote.
In rough weather they must stick to CJ on the shelter of the
peninsula and then cut across to Penneshaw in Backstairs Passage
to then head to Kingscote. I found it so hard to believe that
a boat of that size cannot cope with the conditions out there
when I think of us going across to the crays the day before in
even worse weather, but then again we are trying to compare a
Mono with a Cat and as Bill would say "forget it". It
makes you think again about the decisions of this government,
doesn't it? But lets get back to fishing.