In general, the weather is still quite moody and un-summery, but we had two fine days last week. The sun was shining, the heavy showers had retreated and there was only a steady breeze out there. On Thursday a mate and myself took the dinghy out and drift-fished around the Tryphena area. It was a bit too quiet for us, but I managed to land one 40 cm snapper. On Friday, J1 and myself hopped onto the Spirit of Breaker Bay and went for a casual sail.
And what a blast we had sailing, but first a picture of tea from the previous night. One of the best ways to enjoy snapper is to steam the entire fish with vegetables, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt and pepper in tin foil. It’s easy to prepare, simple and you can enjoy the entire fish rather than just a couple of fillets.
Although the quantity is not overwhelming, my little garden patches have been supplying me with delicious vegetables.
But back to sailing. It was a great day for it and we decided to sail up and down the harbor and into the Colville Channel. On Thursday, whilst being out there in the dinghy, I saw a pod of humpback whales. But we didn’t see any on Friday. The gannets were working the harbor diving for bait fish and there were a few boats trolling lures around the reefs and rocks trying to catch king fish.
We knocked down a couple of cold beers, worked the ropes and sails, made some plans for future trips and simply enjoyed the solitude. The timing was great as the rain poured down heavily the next few days.
Due to the bad weather, I assume a few barges didn’t make it to the island, we are going to start work not this week, but the one after. Which is not a bad thing. Hopefully it settles down a bit during the week and hopefully I can motivate myself to do some work on site.