Col and I decided to put the boat in the water and go fishing in Darwin Harbour today. It was a beautiful spot, and I loved seeing the city so close from the water.
I put the boat in, reversing down the boat ramp on my own for the first time and got it out as well! I also reversed the trailer down the ramp while another car was on it!! I was super excited! I did weave my way down the ramp a little, but that is ok, I didn’t hit anything and I didn’t drive off the edge. I got the boat out successfully so I am counting it as a win! It is the best feeling to see yourself improving and gaining confidence. Love it.
We tried putting in the crab nets but we were running a little late and arrived just after high tide, so missed the best opportunity. We also didn’t know exactly where to put the nets in, and Col forgot the floats, so we tied the cages to the boat and just fished the spot we were at near the mangroves. We didn’t catch any crabs unfortunately, but caught a small tuskfish and a couple of Batfish who put up a great fight. There was also a beautiful Turtle that was hanging around and keeping an eye on us and he was pretty cute and entertaining. Col had a big fish chasing his lure but it didn’t take the bait. The tide was dropping pretty quickly so we decided to pull up the crab nets and try some trawling.
We moved spots and cast the lines in and began our trawl and about two minutes later both Col and I had hooked a decent sized fish. We were scrambling about trying to bring them in and not get our lines tangled, it was great fun and action stations. We managed to both land a Giant Trevally that weren’t all that giant They were about 40cm long. Great fun to catch but not great eating. We continued fishing for a while and then called it a day mid afternoon and headed home again. We stopped to buy some floats for the crab cages on the way home so we are prepared for the next fishing expedition. All in all a great day out and good that it is so close by. We will do some research on the best places to catch mud crabs and will keep you posted.