Murray & Rosemary's Sailing Adventures travel blog

Morning Gold - Mauds Landing

Cobia landed between Mauds and Norwegian Bay

Morning colours - Norwegian Bay

Whaling Station ruins

Oliver searching for honey

Norwegian Bay

Norwegian Bay

Out with the fishing line

Skipjack Tuna

Kayaking up Yardie Creek

Well, thankfully things have started to get more mundane now. After the nail-biting trip through the reef at Yalobia Passage south of Coral Bay followed by a very rough night on the anchor with a stiff south westerly blowing, everything has quieted down considerably. Wind is a bit too light at times and we are forced to use the outboard to make the reef passages in good daylight.

We spent a night at Maud's Landing, then onto Norwegian Bay where we spent a day exploring the ruins of the old whaling station. The last two nights were spent at Yardie Creek, and we're now headed for Tantabiddi.

There were quite a few people fishing off the beach at Yardie Creek so kayaked in and wandered over to chat to them, when one old bloke started telling us what we'd been doing on the boat. Given that we were anchored quite a distance off shore, I got quite a shock - until I saw the telescope he had mounted on the beach. And I thought Customs were bad! So much for privacy out on the deep blue yonder.

Well, since we dispensed with the fishing rod and brought out the big hand line, the fridge is well stocked with fish, and the menu is fish, fish and more fish. We've caught cobia, skipjack tuna, and shark mackerel, as well as the more prized catches of snapper and perch, and so it's fish for lunch and dinner everyday (I draw the line at fish for breakfast, but may have to give in if the eggs and bacon run out). It's been fried fish, grilled fish, susumi fish, smoked fish, fish name it, we're cooking it! Hopefully we'll be able to supplement the diet with a cray or octopus soon. And by the time we get to Onslow, we'll be hanging out for a big juicy steak! Fishing while at anchor along North West Cape has been out of the question as most of the good anchorages are Sanctuary Zones with no fishing allowed - so we'll make do with the deep sea fish instead.

No whales sighted as yet (I do wonder about Oliver's eyesight), however we must have been very close to some whale sharks a couple of days ago as the charter boats and spotter planes were doing circles around us. We could see the flat water which probably indicated their presence, however we are not high enough off the water to actually see them. Early in the mornings, the water is boiling with schools of mackerel and tuna, and we see the occasional shark. Being in water depths of around 70 metres, the ocean is an incredibly deep blue, and crystal clear. Later today we'll get close to the Continental Shelf, so wonder what fish we'll catch then. Fishing for the next few days will be for catch and release only.

Must be time to cook up some fish for lunch.

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