Headed out for a few arvos on the Tweed and  out of the Coomera River into the Broadwater to chase some fish with the boy!

It’s all about passing down the small things, like baiting a hook, adjusting a rod, feeling a strike … seems the young lad has the fishing bug after all!

Love the array of local birds out around our waterways too. Sometimes it feels like you’re in the middle of some National Geographic epic or Discovery Channel special. Truly spectacular environment just a few minutes from the populous.

Lots of different encounters and fish, many to return back to the water, a few to take home. I dropped something massive at one point, nearly snapped the rod until the line gave way, will always wonder what it could have been. A giant metre-long flathead? Stingray perhaps? It wasn’t a runner, but it did try to take off – it’s 5 minutes of mystery now haha.

Lots of little fish about, perfect for teaching Kyal how to rig, bait, cast, wait, reel, land etc.

He called this bank ‘Crane Island’ and if that’s what he wants it to be, who’s stopping him haha! Caught more weed than bites here so moved on.
The Brahminy Kite, or otherwise known as the Red Bellied Sea Eagle, is a graceful and elegant raptor that is as opportunistic as it is skilful in it’s hunt for food. We had a pair of them hitting the water next to our boat up on the north end of Rat Island – just awesome!
A Caspian Tern blazes past an Eastern Great Egret on a Moreton Bay Marine Park sand bank.
Eastern Great Egret taking flight.
What a fish! Kyal’s first lizard (flathead) and it was a perfect plate-sized specimen which found its way into some batter and a pan later that evening. Amazing catch at the bottom of the tide, up half way to Jumpinpin.
One very, very satisfied and accomplished young man!
Even the little fish are fun to catch and release when you’re 7 years old.
A pair of White Bellied Sea Eagles finishing off a meal of bream perched in the deadwood on the banks of the Tweed River. According the the NSW Government, this species is listed as ‘vulnerable’ because it ‘faces a high risk of extinction in NSW in the medium-term future, as determined by the criteria prescribed in the regulation’.
The White Bellied Sea Eagle is second only to the Wedge Tailed Eagle in size and mass for Australian raptors and birds of prey. Up close you can hear the beating of their wings as they take to the air. A powerful aerial predator for sure.

 

Fish of the day! Kyal nailed this Estuarine Leather Jacket and despite its modest size, it put up a pretty solid fight. Great work and another species ticked off your list.
Bizarre in looks but the Leather Jacket can be a tasty treat if you skin and fillet them right – avoid the spiny horn of course. We decided that this one was best left to fight on another day and released it.
This Whistling Kite was being kind of quiet on this arvo, hanging back watching on as the Brahminy Kites raided our area near Rat Island for scraps to eat.
A man on a mission, learning the patience and the frustrations of fish that switch on and off and on and off.
Working the mud flats on the edge.
Every cast is a chance. Every cast is one move closer to catching the prize.
The end of days, or the days end. A special time to reflect on the hits and misses on the water.
Fishing stoke, it’s out there if you want it.
Sunset over the water, nothing beats it!
Can’t wait to do it all again and again. That’s the look of a little fisherman … it’s in the blood, in the family.

 

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