8th January-17th January 2013
08.01.2013 - 17.01.2013 38 °C
After a xmas visit to Perth to see family and friends, and a brief stop at Broome to get back into the swing of things, we ventured north to visit our friends Jason and Jo who live in Derby. They have a little boy called Riley who is only one week younger than Cedar, so we were looking forward to them having some play time together.
On the way into Derby, about 40km’s out, I got pulled over by a fella driving a van. He said to me you might want to check your bikes….. I walked around the back of the van, and there they were, hanging on by the smallest piece of metal, not even touching the ground. Very very lucky.
We parked the van at the front of their house, which was really close to town. Jo works at the hospital full time and Jason is a stay at home dad. The town hasn’t changed much since I was there 14 years ago, but I have always liked Derby.
As luck would have it, Jason’s mate who also lives in Derby, called the afternoon we arrived with a couple of spare spots in his 8 meter boat. A quick beg to Jenna to babysit the kids, and we were in. The next morning we headed straight out into the king sound, headed for Valentine Island. I had always wanted to have a look out here, and there really is so much to see.
We had a fish around the island, caught a couple of fingermark, and a few small trevally, then we headed up the local creek. It was amazing!!! Not many fish but, the scenery was incredible. We then finished the day off, fishing the south of the island, where there was plenty of fish caught, just not to many large ones. We took home enough for a feed, which is all I ever want and they tasted great.
Jason, who we call Kingy showed us some amazing spots which included Meda, Cuttings creek and telegraph Pool. Meda is a cattle station off the Gibb river rd, and the upper creek section is a local swimming hole. Mind you, I wasn’t that keen as I knew what was down river. We followed the creek down, which turns into Meda River which then opens into the King Sound. Croc Country. We stopped and had a quick fish, and kingy managed to hook a 2 meter salty!!!! I’m glad I didn’t swim up stream….
Telegraph pool is just off the mighty Fitzroy River south of Willare Road house. It’s a great spot, where we wet a line, caught some mullet with our new throw nets, and then tried for some cherubin, which is a fresh water prawn. We managed to get a few, not quite enough for a feed.
We went to Cuttings creek with Jason’s two neighbors, Kevin and Lou. They are both born and bred in derby, and we were very lucky to hear the stories of their childhood growing up around the region. We had a really good fish there, trying for the elusive Barra, but no luck. We had a few runs, but no hook ups. But it really was an amazing night, with a brilliant sunset to watch. We cooked a few chicken wings on the Barbie and sunk a few cold cans.
In between the fishing trips, I went with Jason to the local play group with Cedar. There is a real community atmosphere in Derby, with plenty of young families and kids. It was great for Cedar to play amongst the other kids, although her and Riley played with each other the whole time we were there. We followed that up with a bakery feed by the Jetty, tough life hey…