I have realised why I have legs and not fins!
Trip Start Dec 14, 2009
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queesy stomach..dizzyness..arghhhh What a disaster :(
Ok, my dear friends Caz & Justin were good enough to ask me to join them this morning at 6am to go fishing out on their boat on the reef. I was SO excited I did not sleep until 3am this morning. I set my alarm for 5am and bounced up ready for action.
After slathering myself in factor 30 SPF, incect repellant, long trousers, long sleeved shirt and floppy hat and sun glasses, I felt prepared for my fishing experience. I drove over to Caz's and we headed off to Abel Point Marina to launch the boat off on our adventure (well an adventure for me, they do this all the time)
We cruised out at a gentle pace from the marina and as soon as we were clear, Justin let it rip and we sped off into the great blue
About 1/2 hour later we anchored up beside Hook Island and Caz set about showing me how to open-hand fish. This is by simply dropping a large hook with bait, large lead ball attached and you lower by hand (no rod) the line until it hits the bottom. You then pull it up a bit and wait.
I felt bites straight away and was so excited I quickly raised the line again to find the bait gone. Ah well, thats the nature of the game at times so I cut more bait and started again. This time I was luckier and raised the line really quickly and found a wee fish attached to the end...YAY...SUCCESS. Okay, it was not Coral Trout but it was my first fish and Justin was delighted as he wanted it for bait.
Caz and Justin were using rods and of course they knew what they were doing . Caz had a tug and raised up a small Coral Trout, which because of its size was thrown back. A short time later she had another tug and started reeling what was going to be a big one
After the wee mini celebration was over my insides decided to churn, my head went dizzy and I was overcome with a combo of heat stress and sea sickness.MOTION SICKNESS SUCKS. I never saw it coming up to that point! One minute I was fine and the next...well lets just say I had a firm grip on the boat as I leaned over the side for the next half hour..
To add insult to injury, Justin and Caz start oooing and ahhing over a lovely big Sea Turtle which had come up alongside the boat to say hello. I walked over for a nosy, caught a brief glimpse and went back to my corner to promptly up-chuck over the side....grimace.... I handed my camera to Caz who snapped it for me.
When my tummy was empty I felt slightly better but had to lie down on the floor of the boat for the rest of the time, under my sunbrella. Boy did I feel bad because they cut short the trip to return a few hours earlier than planned. Well, they are good friends and did not give me too hard a time about it....
Once we were at high speed again I was fine and loving the blast through the water back to Airlie beach. It must only be the slower rocking motion that got to me.
So here I am, home and having finished a cup of tea, feeling much better. I no longer look pasty and greyish in colour. My taurean nature has had its say..Im a land creature, deal with it lol
C & J are already talking about the next time...taking sea sickness pills etc... I dont know...hmmmmmmm I might just stick with high speed water craft, jet skis, speed boats ect and the larger cruise vessels. The small fishing boat may just not be for me but I might contemplate giving it one more go before saying never again.
Cheerio for now xx Karen