The alarm was set for 5am and everything was packed and ready to go. Leaders tied, batteries charged, the car and boat fueled up and I had been to the shops the previous night to stock up on food and bottled water. I was more exited than I usually would be for a regular trip as it would unfortunately be my last opportunity to wet a line for over two weeks due to work.
Anyone that knows me well understands I start to get a little loopy if I don’t get out on the water 2 to 3 times a week so I was keen to go somewhere that can be non stop action. This is of course why we decided to travel down to Lucinda Jetty!
Shark Bay - The Inner Sanctum
The Inner Sanctum is a dish best served by boat, with a few jerry’s strapped in to help you cover ground and lots of it, well that’s how we approach it.
After about 6 months from our last trip, once again the plans, the itch to get up there again were creeping in. The biggest hurdle this time was the plans of new jobs, career prospects and the reality that this year’s trip needed to be pinned to a long weekend, not a 7 to 10 day break.
Any regular traveller to shark bay will tell you that trying to put your eggs into one basket of a weekend that far out might not work out to well, and with a constant eye on the willy weather website for the 6 weeks leading in, comfort arrived about a fortnight out when the low easterly wind pattern that usually starts to develop in Easter rocked up in late May.
BARRAMUNDI OFF THE BANK!
The boat has been out of action for a week now so while I’ve been waiting to get it back I certainly did not want to waste my time sitting around on the couch! With all the rain lately the rivers have been flowing fast and when they are really pumping it makes it nearly impossible to target jungle perch and sooty grunter, my usual land-based suspects. It does however make for some fantastic barramundi fishing! With the change in weather the barra have become much more active and easier to target from the shore. The Weirs of the Ross River (Townsville) have been flowing over and it was great to see big barra getting caught in numbers down at the Weirs.
Chasing River Bass
With the weather cooling Jordan and I decided to have a go at getting a few bass before it became too hard to get out of bed, for me this would be one of my final creek or river sessions before my focus turns to other fishing ventures for the winter.
At 2:30am my alarm sounded and I was up and ready to go not long after, I picked Jords up and we were off to our destination at around 3:30, upon arrival the sun was only ever so slightly breaking and we set about getting the kayaks ready for launch.