Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Erle's Fishing trip
Erle's Fishing Trip.
Erle was up bright and early and away to collect some of his fellow fishermen by 6am then he drove the hour long drive to Havelock Marina to catch the fishing boat 'Stevo'.
It was still very dark at 7am with thick a blanket of fog blocking out all view, which made it quite dangerous navigating out of the Harbour down the narrow dredged channel at low tide. The Skipper, Roger, had to rely on the navigation lights and his radar. But soon the sun rose and a breeze blew the fog away and although the sea was a bit rough and choppy they steamed for 2 hours to get to the open sea where the fishing ground for groper is, several red billed sea Gulls hitched a ride with them.
Unfortunately none of the fishermen managed to hook and land one of the huge gropers that dwell in the deeps in this point, but many lovely large blue Cod were landed, and by time to leave the full quota of Cod had been caught; 3 large fish each which were strung on flax to bring home for wives to like me to clean and fillet! Lots of other species of fish were also caught and the Skipper filleted them on the return journey, so we were had lots of already filleted fish for our dinner that night and after I filleted the three fish from the flax string I had lots to freeze for later.
I gave my precious digital camera to Erle so he could take some nice photos for me to add to this blog. As he had never used it before I wasn't sure what the photos would be like or even if there would be any, but he did well I am pleased with these fishing photos he took.