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In My Backyard: Something’s Fishy!

  • April 7, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
  • 4 Comments

 

The Mad Reefer Fishing Boat

The Mad Reefer Fishing Boat

They say the life of a sailor’s wife is very lonely and I can attest to that with the two men in my life, my husband and son, being avid (obsessive) boaties and fishermen. They bought a new fishing boat around six months ago and barely a weekend goes by that they aren’t out on the blue waters of the seas surrounding the Gold Coast.

Fishing to me is like what clothes shopping is to my hubby. I don’t understand the obsession with getting up before the crack of dawn and negotiating sometimes rough seas (fending off seasickness) and putting putrid smelly bait on a fish hook all in the name of seeking that elusive fish.

From a man’s point of view it is like the lyrics to Brad Paisley’s song “I’m Gonna Miss Her” where his woman puts the ultimatum to him “me or fishing”, Brad sings:

Well, I’m gonna miss her!
When I get home
But right now I’m on this lake shore
And I’m sittin’ in the sun
I’m sure it’ll hit me
When I walk through that door tonight
Yeah, I’m gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I’ve got a bite

However I do get excited for both of my boys when they return with their catches and I get to have a delicious fresh feed of fish. They really do catch a variety of good eating and good sized fish off the shore of the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast.

Launching the Boat at the Southport Broadwater

Launching the Boat at the Southport Broadwater

The best fishing grounds off the Gold Coast are fishermen’s best kept secrets! However there are a couple of reefs close to the shoreline along the Gold Coast, but otherwise you can try The Broadwater, the Southport Seaway, Cook Island off the coast of Tweed Heads and then there are the estuaries like Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Currumbin Creek and Tweed River.

Happily driving the Boat on The Broadwater

Happily driving the Boat on The Broadwater

Some of the varieties of fish caught include, Spotted or Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Snapper, Whiting, Tailor, Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Flathead, Bream, Tuna, Pearl Perch, Amber Jack, Sweetlip and Trevally.

The Boys with their Catches - Kingfish & Wahoo

The Boys with their Catches – Blue Marlin & Mahi Mahi

 

More fish! A massive Wahoo and a couple of Mackerel

More fish! A massive Wahoo and a couple of Mackerel

There is no doubt that fishing is huge on the Gold Coast. In a water lover’s paradise our entire lives revolve around pursuing leisure activities either on the water or in the water. Fishing is just one of the fantastic things to do here on the Goldie!

For more about the waterways of the Gold Coast see my blog In My Backyard: Boating on The Broadwater and In My Backyard: Tallebudgera Creek

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By 50 Shades, April 7, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

4 Comments
  • Janet Camilleri
    April 8, 2015

    Some pretty impressive catches there! I think hubster’s best catch was a 45cm bream – according to Google it would have been 45 years old! The hubster enjoys fishing at night in Winter just off the shore, on a rising tide – it’s just starting to come into that time of year now so he’s thrilled. I hate seafood though … our little kitty loves it so I guess hubster’s lucky to have somebody in the house who appreciates his efforts!!

    • Kathy
      April 8, 2015

      Yes they have caught some monsters! The Mackerel are really nice to eat. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    April 8, 2015

    My brother-in-law is a huge fisherman and passed on his passion to three of my sons. I think they just like the drinking to tell the truth although Hagar has brought home some nice specimen. I’d get too seasick I’m afraid.

    • Kathy
      April 8, 2015

      I think it is a wonderful past-time for boys (or girls). It certainly gives my son a good clean and fun interest. It is also great that he goes out with his Dad – they have a common interest that they can bond together with. Me too Pinky – I get seasick looking at the sea!

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