Just as I was starting to push through the itchy phase, sadly, a stern order was issued: the beard must go. What a tragedy it would be to have the beard removed without some photos of me flaunting it whilst fishing and camping. So a camping trip was commissioned to Wilbinga Beach north of Perth.
We caught a nice flat head and a tailor, both of which were deliciously prepared in the fish smoker. Fishing conditions weren’t ideal with the usual wind and weed keeping our bounty quite low. Other highlights included beach bocce and hours of fun watching people getting bogged on a particularly treacherous section of beach right near our camp.
The beard was promptly removed back home during the post camp washdown. I hope one day it will return bigger and better.
What’s Hong doing squatting on top of that sand dune?
Back to Brisbane we go to our expedition base camp – Phil’s house. Time to catch up on the blog, clean up the car, take the crap off the roof racks and slot her into Phil’s garage where she will lay dormant for 4 months whilst we travel overseas. Thanks again Phil for having us stay a few days and looking after our gear whilst we’re away.
We had a day up our sleeve so Joe took a day trip to Bribie Island just north of Brisbane with Phil and son. We enjoyed some beach driving and fun in the sun and water. Snuck in one last fishing session and after a couple of months of poor fishing results (landing mostly catfish after catfish) Joe caught a good table fish – a big flathead. Hooray. Finally a fish to take home and cook. Good size too at around 70cm. Had a surprising kick for a flathead and took a few minutes to pull in. We cooked him up the next day at Phil’s house and it was delicious.
That’s it for this chapter of our trip around oz. We’re off to USA in a couple of days with a bucks party in Jamaica followed by a wedding in Cayman Islands and then a couple of months travel around USA.