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with Captain Chaos
Spring BBQ Fish
4 large white fish steaks
1 cup of fresh mixed fresh herbs chopped finely, parsley, oregano
1 teaspoon of freshly ground Black pepper
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup white wine
Mix all the ingredients together. Place the fish in a dish and pour
over the mixture. Marinade for one hour. Remove fish and keep
the mixture. Place fish on a hot BBQ; cook for around six minutes.
Heat the marinade and cook until it reduces slightly. Pour over the
cooked fish and serve with a green salad and sourdough bread.
Iwent down to the beach the other day with my old camera to
see if there were any shots to be had and was amazed to find
the beach was twice as wide as I remembered. I asked one of the
local fisherman on the beach, why?
"Bloody rough seas! They've eaten into the sand dunes behind
the beach and dumped it in front. See the deep trough I'm fishing
in ... it's normally at least another 20 metres out."
"Hey Chaos!" I looked down the beach and could just make out
a couple of blokes putting a tinnie in the water. I walked down to
them and recognized Dan and his girl friend Kay.
"Want to come out? We're heading for the Five Mile," Dan said.
"Another set of hands would be good, and as per usual I have lots
of bait and gear."
"Sure! Let me help you get the boat out in the water."
They both got in and I pushed the tinnie into the surf before
jumping in myself.
We hit the open water past the break only copping a bit of spray. I
sat back and enjoyed the rush of the wind and bounce of the boat as
it hit the small swell. Looking back I could see the shore line receding
into the land haze. I looked over at Dan, he was looking at the fish
detector. After what felt like a couple of hours he cut the outboard.
"We can try here for a while."
We baited our lines and made ourselves comfortable. It wasn't
long before we started to catch some large snapper and reef fish.
"Look at the size of that!" screamed Kay pointing out off the
side of the boat. There right next to us was a whale -- not just any
old whale -- this was Captain Ahab's Moby Dick. I ran my eye over
the huge dark shape and realized it was about three or four times
the size of the tinnie.
"Don't worry it's going past it just wants to check us out," I said
with a confidence that I wasn't feeling. The whale went about two
lengths away and turned.
"Hey, he's coming straight for the side of the boat!" Dan yelled
as he fired up the motor.
We watched as the whale passed across our stern missing the
outboard by inches.
"I think we might move and try somewhere else."
We took off like scalded cats for a couple of miles and looking
around couldn't see any sign of the whale. The lines had no sooner
gone in than Dan yelled .
"Chaos where's your camera? Look back astern!"
To my horror there was the whale heading for us like a huge
"Geezus! It's time to get out of here!"
"I think I've flooded the motor," Dan yelled. I looked back. The
whale hadn't changed direction. It was still on collision course with
us. Suddenly the motor roared.
"Just kidding! You should have seen your faces!" said Dan
We headed in towards the coast, after about four miles Dan
cut the motor .
"We can fish here. I don't think the bloody thing will bother us
this close in."
Keeping our eyes peeled while we fished wasn't the most relaxing
way to cast a line. Suddenly, in a scene from Jaws, the whale broached
right next to the boat nearly capsizing us. Water flowed in over the
gunwales. I took a photo and in my haste I dropped the camera into
the water sloshing around in the bottom of the boat.
"That's it! We're outta here! That was too close for comfort," Dan
said as he wound the motor to full. Looking back we could still see
the whale lurking.
To our relief it turned away before the break.
"That was amazing! No one will believe we were chased by a whale."
"I think it was just inquisitive."
"You want to come to my place and I'll barbecue some of these
large steaks? "
"Sounds good Chaos."
was THIS big!
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