The tour was actually a bit of a trial as he had a new crew member and was showing him the ropes, there was also a mate of his, who he had picked up the evening before from across the Backdoor Passage, (he had missed the ferry) I bet that was one hell of a trip. That is him sitting next to me and we had a good chat, the chap behind me is the cook from the pub.
So we set off out through the harbour entrance and turned to Port, and headed along the coast line, passing a small cairn on Kangaroo point in recognition of Matthew Flinders first landfall on Kangaroo Island.
we stayed quite a while. Tony said look up in the air, and there circling high in the sky was an Osprey, it was a wonderful sight as it circled in the thermic currents.
We turned for home at this point and Tony explained that the piece of high ground in front was in fact Prospect Hill and was the hill that Matthew Flinders had climbed and that had confirmed that this piece of land was in fact an Island, from here at the narrowest part of the Island a mere kilometre or so across.
We once again travelled at full throttle, boy could that boat move, as we turned into Baudin beach he once again dropped to a crawl and here a pod of 5 dolphins came to greet us. They also wanted to play, Tony said if he turned the engines right off they lose interest and go and look for a new play pal, but keep the engines just ticking over they will stay and play around the boat.
He also explained that when they sleep they are still half awake, as they have the ability to shut half of their brains down, while swimming slowly along, amazing creatures are dolphins.
My Kayak fishing trip
I got to the Cove early and this meant I could have a look at what was about, their was a load of small fry, whitebait size.
I immediately thought of Steve in New Zealand and is love for whitebait netting and whitebait fritters.
Along came Tony in his pickup, a double and a brand, spanking new single, I was taking her on her maiden voyage, reflections of Titanic did spring to mind, but looking at it I said to my self this looks nothing like the Titanic, wrong time of the year for Icebergs and everyone on board this vessel had a life Jacket. Getting everything on board, stowing my camera and wallet into the waterproof compartment, I was ready for the off. This time it was lures as I was after Australian Salmon (not true Salmon) and squid. So out I paddled, it was at times a little choppy, but nothing that an old salt like me can’t handle.
Ahem, I almost at once thought I had a one, alas I had snagged the lure and had to break the trace, all I had now was the Squid lure, ah well I fancied a nice bit of salt and pepper squid for tea tonight.
I allowed the kayak to drift with the outgoing tide along the shore line. The squid will hide amongst the rocks and kelp hiding from predators (like salmon), but when a prawn comes along, whoosh, it will streak out of its hiding place and grab the prey, alas this prawn had a lot of tiny barbs at the tail end and that was its undoing and my supper.
As I said I only fish for the pot and one was enough to give me a decent meal, so I paddled back to watch a colony of “Long Necked Penguins” fishing and standing on the rocks with outstretched wings drying their armpits.
As I headed back to the cove, I saw that Tony was coming out with a boat full of full paying padssangers, hee hee, He hove too and asked had I caught anything, I said a squid and he had lost a lure.
Salt, pepper and chilli squid
Next using the wooden handle of a spoon turn the tube inside out. Do this by pushing the handle of the wooden spoon gently into the closed end of the tube, slowly by pushing and folding you will turn the tube inside out. You can now clean it under running water, removing any gunge that is adhering to the flesh.
Cut the tube in half and then score in a diamond pattern, before cutting into mouth size oblongs.
I made a coating using a packet of Colman’s herb fish coating, and added a good bit of Chilli and a good pinch of pepper.
I now though what will I eat with it, this as I rummaged through my Backpackers storage bag (every Backpacker has a one) I found the packet of rice that I had used for the Paella (remember), I foolish person had discarded the ink-sack, never mind I would still make a mushroom risotto as an accompaniment.
I added this a little at a time until all was absorbed and the risotto tasted bloody good.
While doing this I had dredged the squid pieces in the flour mixture and heating oil in a frying pan quickly seared these, they will curl up into tubes, this is the time to remove from the heat, any longer and you will be eating pieces of the Pirelli man.
After the meal I went along the beach, it was a beautiful evening and it was a very nice sunset over the Bay.
Just then the girls came down the road, and along the jetty, this was part of today’s
We headed out of the harbour and along the well worn sea track, first headed to the Sea Eagles perch, empty, then along the coast to the seals, almost empty, plenty of Long necked Penguins for Tony to tell the story of the silly American, but then we headed out into the bay, no dolphins, we headed a bit further along , this is a place that there is always some, but alas the bay was empty, devoid of Dolphins. Now Tony was a bit worried having promised them all at least Dolphins, he headed a little further out into Nepean Bay and then just as he was about to give it up, a pod of dolphin appeared alongside the boat ( I saw a look of relief on his face).
They followed us for a good while and then as we neared the Eagles Perch we saw that it was there, it had been out fishing and had a quite sizable one held firmly in its talons while it tore pieces out of the fish with its hooked beak, so the day had turned out very well for all of us, paying and none paying.
By the way the Adelaide Aussie Rules Club is called the Magpies and In the Penneshaw they have a shirt hanging the bar. They have good taste in Penneshaw.