Fishing on a boat for a two weeks sounded like my husband’s idea of heaven. Getting to spend two weeks with one of my closest friends sounded better to me. We high-tailed it to Exmouth from The Kimberley.
We were going to spend longer working in The Kimberley. It just didn’t work out. We were told something quite different to what was there. Accommodation was such a massive issue that I don’t even know where to start…$950 a week would get you a two-bedroom falling apart rental house.
Any how, we wanted to get to Exmouth as quickly as we could and travelled over 1000km in two days to get to where my cousin and his wife where camped for six weeks. They’d driven their Mitsubishi up four weeks previously. We joined them for the last two weeks they were there.
Jarrad went out fishing with them on the boat most days. Jarrad is so great at fishing that while we were in The Kimberley the Fisheries officer laughed at him for his technique, saying “Well, I know I don’t need to check if you’re over quota.” (Apparently you shouldn’t put things called a sinker and a lure on the same line.) Note from Jarrad. Quiet you.
Despite this, the second day that we were there he managed to catch a shark. The thing was over 6 foot long, and Jarrad spent nearly an hour trying to reel it in … before the line snapped and it swam away. The next day … he managed to hook another shark and spent nearly an hour wrestling to bring it in … before the line snapped and it swam away.
Then he hooked a shark a third time … but after another hour’s struggle he finally brought it in to the boat.
After his hat trick with hooking sharks, he managed to catch a stripy tuna and a spanish mackerel.
The yellow-fin tuna that my cousin caught while Jarrad was driving the boat one morning was beautiful. We enjoyed sashimi and sushi that night and ate like kings. though the kids declined raw tuna and had only ratatouille.
We drove down to the National Park to look at the Ningaloo Reef, but the kids were really keen on fishing rather than going for a walk.
The jetty around Exmouth were beautiful, and Jarrad spent the day fishing on the jetty with the kids, who also spent time playing in the sand. Me? I sat in the caravan working online. I love having the online job … but the cliche was being able to work at the beach is not always so fantastic.
And a final pic of a sunrise that I loved.