Adventures of Three Intrepid Fisherfriends
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The Boys once again
headed south on their Annual pilgrimage to the changeable waters of the Mataura.
As usual their spirit levels were kept high by months of preparation.
Dehydration was not going to be a problem.
Following last years
unsuccessful attempt to boat to the head of Lake Mavora, another attempt was
planned. The trusty motor vessel 'Y-knot' was once again hooked onto
the 4X4 in the early frosty dawn and the team headed off. As we climbed to
the main road the freezing mist enveloped us and cut visibility to one power
pole ahead. Frost could be seen forming on the bonnet stone deflector as
we drove. After crossing the Oreti the mist cleared and we headed north with the
sun warming one side of the truck. Arriving at the upper Mavora the wind
was blowing down the Lake and the surrounding shaded land was frozen. We
headed back down to the delta where the river flows into the lower lake and
fished through the ice without any success. We worked our way down the
lake till we stopped for a bite of lunch. We noticed that the wind had dropped
so we headed back up to the top lake which was flat. We launched the boat
and headed up the lake to the hut on the left hand side, three quarter of the
way up the lake. After a look around and checking out the Visitors book we
trolled our way back down the lake with only one fish hooked. When Rudds
got it alongside the boat the hook snapped. (Dear Santa, please bring Ian
some new hooks).
On our way home we fished the Oreti at the bridge before Lumsden.
The rest of our time away
was spent fishing the Mataura and Waikaia
with limited success. Certainly not as successful as previous years. But a
great time was had, as usual.
In early December the
boys joined Merv, Dave and Brian from our Lions Club on what we hope will be the
first annual Green Island Lions Fishing trip to Lake Hawea.
Merv booked us into the
Hunter Valley Station Shearer's Quarters. We traveled up on Friday and
stopped for lunch at the Hawea Pub. When we got up to the Station and got
all our gear in place, we headed down to the Lake to launch the boats. It
was too rough for a start so we had a rest and drink then tried again after
tea. The Lake was rough but we motored across to behind Silver Island
where Dave and Brian got a salmon each.
Saturday morning dawned
with the wind still blowing, so we went across to Lake Wanaka at Makarora.
Both boats returned with two fish each. Fish for tea again.
Sunday morning was still,
so we launched the boats early and headed up towards the Hunter River. Ian's
boat went right up into the river while Merv and his team worked their way up
the left hand side till they struck gold at the Red Bridge. Trev &
Lester each got a fish at the Hunter mouth, then, after getting beached a couple
of times, headed down to meet the other boat. By the time we met up with
them they had a dozen fish on board. We fished with them with great
success for about an hour before heading back down the Lake. Ruds got the
largest fish (Even though he reckoned it was a small one and he would put it
back as he wound it in).
We pulled the
boats out, collected our gear from the Station and headed for home.
The Boys headed home via Ranfurly and a brief visit to check out Jack
Rutherford's nearly completed new home. (He is waiting on the builder, plumber
and electrician, all to finish little bits, [All Family Members])
The total for the weekend
was 46 fish (not all were taken).