Last night we were told by one of the locals, that it was going to be THE night for flounder. The full tide was midnightish, but we still went down, leaving home at 9pm. We hit our first 'roo on the road. We have tried to be very careful, driving slowly from sunset on, with all the occupants in the ute on red alert watching for animals on, or close to, the road. But we missed seeing one that crossed the road at the wrong moment, and unfortunately did not live to reach the other side. The only possible upside is that it definitely didn't make it, and the ute was not damaged, as our round-to-it has not got us towards a 'roobar yet.
When we got to our secret destination, there was no moon, no wind and almost no water, as the tide was still far out. We chatted for a bit, and then kitted up and set off into the sea. It started slowly and then we were spotting flounder in pairs, I would hold the light and Dave and James would spear them. We have never managed to catch 10 before, and last night we tripled that. It was really amazing! Having not eaten flounder for a while, it feels really good to know we have several meals stockpiled in the freezer. (I had visualised that we would have to fish every day in order to eat, and I find it really reassuring when we catch enough for several days, so we don't have to go out when the weather is miserable.)
The stars were so close, the wind was hardly a ripple on the water, and as the other 2 flounderers had gone home long before us, the peace, interspersed with the guys wounding themselves on the barbs of the spears, was absolute. It was really a night to remember.
We got home after midnight, with all the fish still to gut and sort for fridge and freezer. (We had also got a couple of squid.) So it was almost 2am before we got to bed.
Today we went up to one of the highest properties on the island for a lunch out. It was great to see the amazing views that they have towards the north of the island, and the beaches on both the east and west coasts. Of course we had failed in the most basic ute care, and had given it some oil, but no water, so she heated on the climb up, but with the aid of some elderly drinking water, we made our lunch date, almost on time. We had a walk around the property, and then ate a wonderful meal. We got home in time to take down the Christmas decorations, eat some flounder and head off to Scottish dancing.
Needless to say our concentration was not of the best, so we got a bit confused in some of the dances, but the others are very understanding about our lapses!