It must have been some time in October 2010 that Andrew “Roo” mentioned to me that he wanted to do a 5 day trip up the North-West beaches of Frazer Island. The beaches that line Platypus Bay are renowned for their beauty and abundant fishing. Organisation was reasonably simple, Andrew, Leigh “Red” and I had already done a practice camping trip to Moreton Island in June of 2010 (viewtopic.php?f=17&t=39589
) and I had done a reasonable trip with Red to Humpy Island as well (viewtopic.php?f=17&t=41218
). Both trips covered over 100km so I thought I was up to the distances planned for this trip as well as having the right equipment for camping. This time Emma “Red Daisy” would join Andrew and I to show us boys how to fish and camp in style! A week before our departure, Roo, Red Daisy and I got together for a planning session and to organize the gear. We got our orders from Red Daisy and spend the next few days servicing equipment, preparing the AIs and packing. On Wednesday the 9th of March we headed out of Brisbane and stayed the night in Caloundra, early the next morning we were up at dawn to make our way to Hervey Bay. We got there around 11:00 and started to set up on the beach next to the harbor.
Weather was not fantastic but we set off north-west of Round Island then headed East so that we would pass North of Woody Island and on to Moon point. On the way I caught the first fish of the trip, a damned pike, the plague of Moreton Bay, I thought I was free of this menace! Some smart remarks from Roo quickly rewarded him with the second catch of the day….. a grinner…… No, this can’t be happening!
Our first glimpse of Frazer was rewarding, finally Moon Point and I think we were all relieved that our holiday trip had begun, the pristine white beaches from the distance, the clear blue waters and my heart was racing.
And not soon after the first mackerel were fighting over our lures, I think Red Daisy was the first to land one, affirming her position as the head fishing person and although she didn’t say anything I think Roo and I got the message that pike and grinners were not the order for the day.
Birds were working the water so Roo and I moved in, on approach we both saw, first the tuna, leaping, then the tuna JUMPING for their lives…..unsuccessfully. A big splash and clear signs of the taxman. Too late, we were moving under full steam, run the sharks over and get to the remaining Tuna…. But it was not to be…. Just more mackerel.
We were in no rush so after 20 km we decided we would like to set up camp so we could fish for the afternoon.