Archives for February 2006

15th – 25th February 2006

Light winds greeted our 1st group of charterers for 2006. A group comprsing of 8 fellows from Parkes led by Laurie Neville and a small 8 man contigency of Super Seamen led By Bruce Robson boarded the recently repowered Kanimbla on a 10 day charter to the Coral Sea.

Group Pic
The group spent a day or 2 at the Swains reefs before heading out to Saumarez and then on to Frederick Reef. Some good pelargic fish were caught, but the Coral Sea reefs proved quieter than usual for fishing.
Khan\ Delicious Tuna
Great Mackeral Straining With a Hook - Up
After a forecast of increased winds, Kanimbla returned to the sheltered Swains Reefs. Some fine table fish were caught.
More Trout

Here’s Bruce Robson’s report of the trip:Hot Water and Warm Fishing Kanimbla, February 06

We all eagerly anticipated a ten day trip to Swain Reefs and the Coral Sea for early in 2006. The dates from 15 to 25 February were indelibly imprinted into our minds as we had not fished this early in the season before and wondered what may be awaiting our lures and hooks. It was to be two groups of eight fishermen, one group from around the Parkes area/Country NSW and another from around Port Macquarie/Mid North Coast of NSW.Prior to the trip the water off the NSW coast was unusually warm and the SST thermo-photographs of the East Australian Current showed 28 degrees, or more, for much of the north coast. No cyclones were on the synoptic charts and a moderate amount of wind was forecast.Most of us arrived around noon and Kanimblas new Volvo engines started up at 1700 hours. They were somewhat quieter, not so much in total decibel level, but more of a limited range of frequency. We were awaiting that breathtaking burst of speed that was promised by Bruce Stobo and hoped to be the first group that water-skied around Frederick Lighthouse. Bruce had on a newly presented Not Another Bloody Volvo Driver T shirt. Unfortunately we had a 20 knot SE wind and experienced the typically bumpy first night as we headed to the Swain Reefs for some initial reef fishing.
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She Floats!

After 5 long weeks and a cast of 1000’s, Kanimbla is back in the water. All the holes are welded closed and after a brief sea trial in the harbour (She manged an honest 15knots) she was launched on Sunday 12th February. Just…in time for a charter departing the 15th!

Patched Up Patched & Painted New Props

A last minute touch-up of the paintwork, the laying of the new upstairs carpet, the arrival of new cushions and a mighty clean up at the last hour has Kanimbla ready for her 1st charter for 2006- BON VOYAGE!

1st Charter