Head out first light with one of my best mates and his brother in law from Canada. My boat is normally a two man boat but I heard Declan’s brother in law (Mike) had never been fishing and had never driven a boat. i thought i should help him tick those two things off the bucket list.
The forecast was for 1 metre swell and 8 knot winds early, but as my vessel is 14 foot I advised Declan to tell Mike to take travel calm and be aware if he gets sick he’s stuck on the boat until we are ready to return. As we are putting the boat in the water I also learnt that Declan recently saved Mike’s life from drowning while trying to swim across a river, so I made extra precautions by logging on with marine rescue and performing a safety sermon about where the fire extinguisher, Epirb etc were located to help calm the nerves.
First stop was the live bait station and after explaining to mike how to flick the bail arm open and wind the reel I was stoked to see him catch his first yakka. It was a horse and we released it as we weren’t targeting sharks.
As we motor past box head it becomes apparent the forecast was wrong. There was a strong secondary southerly swell and wind was more like 15 knots, and coupled with a run out tide conditions where washing machine like. I was also sounding warmer water in the estuary plus some good marks, i should have turned us around but decided to press on to the 50 metre mark.
It was slow going, wet and rough, i made the call it would be too dangerous to head that wide out so we fished a few nearer marks. I hurled (twice) we caught a few undesirable reef species and undersized fish and kelp only 1 snapper. The guys made the call to head in about 9:30am and on the way back in a safe spot with no boat traffic I hooked Mike up the kill switch and let him steer the tiller for a couple of hundred metres (he was stoked).
The boys said they had a great time and gave me a ribbing for being the one to throw up. Even Declan who sails yachts said for the first time ever he felt a bit green but Mike had absolutely no trouble at all (what a charger). Sorry no photos of the fish. Thanks for reading.