Out on the Lake

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Rod manouvering the punt

The third and forth days started at the crack of dawn.  We were helping Al, Rod and Liz’s sun, set up 240 trays of oyster on his lease in the lake.  We drove up to the loading bay and started to unload the wooden trays onto a large boat with a flat bed, called a punt.  I was given a set of waders with patches all over them and I wondered how waterproof these were.  I was soon to find out the hard way, as we reached the tray shelves and all of us jumped out of the punt.  My feet sunk in a foot and a half of mud and the water level came to half a foot above my belt.  Trying to walk in all that muck was blooming hard work and the water pressure made my waders stick to my legs like a pair of leggings or a gimp suit, not that I own one lets be clear! Much to my delight, there were no leaks in my overalls but the water was very cold and unpleasant.  Also, whilst fastening the trays under water with steel wire, Al pulled out a dead flying possum, and Woodsy made a funny remark about the possibility of finding sharks in these waters.

Al and Woodsy fixing the trays
  I didn’t appreciate that!  Still, it was nice to be out on the lake for a change and I much rather do this that sit in an office all day long.

 

For dinner Rod and Liz treated me to a lovely meal, with a dozen oysters each for starters and a good glass of Chardonnay, Oyster Bay.  I must admit, after the reaction I had the previous day at the oyster farm, I was a little apprehensive about eating twice the amount of oysters, but I was sitting down so I happily gobbled the lot and they were great.  Liz is a fantastic cook, every meal we had was delicious and I couldn’t help thinking what a wonderful life style these people live.  Just like the previous hosts, Liz and Rod grow a lot of veggies, have chickens, cow and lots of sheep, 1500 of them!!  They have a huge farm and besides the oyster business, they sell a premium quality of wool.

 

 

Kill it, cook it, eat it! 

 

On my last day, Saturday, Rod took me fishing on Pambula beach.  We had three fishing rods between the two of us and we used tuna for bate.  I was very surprised to see a completely empty beach, only marked by a few foot prints in the sand left by a keen jogger.  Rod’s a very experienced fisherman, he explained were we would most like find some fish by looking at the waves, and what sort of fish we could catch.  It wasn’t long till we started pulling them out one by one.

Loading up the trays onto the punt
  We caught several australian salmons in the space of a few hours and kept the bigger ones, when we reached thirteen (my lucky number) we called it a day.  There’s no point in fishing more than you can eat.  Later Liz cooked our catch in bread crumbs, It was delicious. 

 

On the beach, I was thinking about the last three month of this year, which I will spend travelling around New Zealand.  I must remember to get my self a fishing rod, it’ll be hot and I can see myself fishing and camping on the beach with an open fire, I can’t wait!  Does anyone want to join me?

alicegourmet says:
Well, if I caught fresh fishes like those, I would bake it in a pouch (with some fresh tomato, garlic, thyme & white wine) ;or steamed with ginger & green onion; or pan-fried it and served with lemon, herbs and butter! :)
Posted on: Aug 10, 2008
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Rod manouvering the punt
Rod manouvering the punt
Al and Woodsy fixing the trays
Al and Woodsy fixing the trays
Loading up the trays onto the punt
Loading up the trays onto the punt
Me on the punt with my waders on
Me on the punt with my waders on
Rod and Al need to hurry up becaus…
Rod and Al need to hurry up becau…
Oyster baskets, a different method…
Oyster baskets, a different metho…
Liz, Rod and a lot of oysters
Liz, Rod and a lot of oysters
Oyster farm
Oyster farm
Fixing different trays
Fixing different trays
traying up put-backs
traying up put-backs
All the beach to our selves
All the beach to our selves
Rod got the first one
Rod got the first one
Cleaning up
Cleaning up
Catch of the day
Catch of the day
Fish fingers?
Fish fingers?
Dinner!
Dinner!
Pambula
photo by: Rubbertoe