Posted for Peter
hi Gav'.Bops ' junior[younger bro' in katmandu]
fredfish, Rustam and the others.
We had a great time , caught two snapper to 3.5 kg each, and got back to the ramp by 11pm, on saturday night. next morning went out again [alone] [sunday] and as i motored out i heard this ship's horn very close
but it was very foggy and could not see more than 100 feet ahead of me, as i reached the entry to the bay i saw the top of the ship towering above,
it had been laden with shipping containers and was trying to enter the yarra river , heading for the docks, but in the fog had clipped the shipping channel beacon which is a massive timber structure rising out of the water about 20 feet and has a girth of about 15 feet, which usually houses 2 or 3 fur seals at its base, when they are not hunting for food, i could not believe my eyes, the structure was at 45 degrees having collapsed on one side from the impact, the blow breaking two feet thick beams,
and the ship was stuck fast in the shallow water across on the other side of the entry to the yarra and there were two tugs trying to pull it into the deep, and out of the end of the embankment, the tugs were reversing with such force the water was churned up causing bow waves in my direction,[it was an unreal sight in the morning fog] and seemed like a live movie being inacted!
The water is usually 50 feet deep as shown on my depth sounder at the entrance so being a poke nose i ventured across and behind the ship to see what the depth was where the ship was, it was 5 feet!.
Anyway i took off as it was a situation am sure they did not want spectators in 18 foot motorboats hanging around in , i could kick myself for not taking photos as i had the camera with me. i was very careful
getting out the shipping channel and realised the ship must have been warning other ships with blaring horns , it could have ended up a three ship pile up, now that would have been something to see! but it did not happenluckily.
When i got out on the open water i could not see more than maybe 80 feet in all directions, and after heading out a bit guided by my gps to my mark i decided it was too dangerous and decided to drop anchor, and try my luck as a few fish came up on the sounder,but to no avail, anyway the fog lifted after an hour or so and on my return after about 5 hours
the ship was not there but the water in the area was still churned brown instead of blue green, for a distance of at least 1 km away, guess it was being washed out with the out going tide. while out there in a new spot
i did get one good run and as i hooked up the rod buckled over but there was no head shakes transmitted up the line so i knew it was a shark or an eagle ray, it turned out to be a eagle am sure because it screamed off in one direction and they tend to zoom up to the surface and smash down once they hit the top, i could see the line zoom out and up and i was ready to see its acrobatics on the surface when the line parted at the trace of 30 pound . by this time it had taken a good 70 to 80 metres, luckily i got my line back as a lot of times you end up getting spooled.
[it takes all your line and leave you red faced with a stupid expression on your face] anyway shall send the photos of the snapper of the
previous night, once i get my daughter to download it to the computer for me, as am better at fishing than computers [been fishing for a lot longer you see and am self taught so far on computers] hope to put these experiences on the members forum for everyone to enjoy, when i know how, till then i'll rely on you guys to do it for me!
Regards and hope to hear about the big one that did not get away!
Chao'guys for now. and throw a shrimp on the barby for me !
Peter from down under.