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4 large whiting fillets
2 tablespoons white wine
2 teaspoons of finely chopped basil
2 teaspoons of light soy
1 teaspoon of crushed chilli
160 ml olive oil
Crushed black pepper and sea salt to taste
Heat the oil in a pan add the wine, basil,
soy, chilli, salt and pepper give the mixture
a toss then add the fillets. Cook them for
around five minutes until done. Be careful
not to over cook. Take out and drain. Place
the fish on to a serving dish and pour the
mixture from the pan over each fillet.
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Iwas up early driving my tinnie down to
the boat ramp ... I was going out to see
the whales that were passing down the
coast. The ocean was a millpond. There
was a bit of congestion at the ramp, so I
started to talk to a bloke with a beaten up
old jetski on his trailer.
“G’day! Name’s Brian,” he said. “Are
you going fishing? ”
“No, just going out to see the whales.
It’s a good time because the sea is so calm.”
We kept talking and I established Brian
was a photographer. He was going to get
some shots of the whales and their calves.
“I notice you’ve been checking out my
ski. How about I give you a double? You
could help me with the cameras.”
It seemed like a good idea.
“OK. I’ll park the boat under those
trees,” I said pointing to a couple of
sheoaks (casuarinas). I helped Brian
unload the ski off his trailer, grabbed
my lifejacket, waded out and climbed up
behind him. Brian took off and we were
soon planing along the water heading
towards the river mouth.
“ What do you reckon, Chaos? Beats
riding a tinnie.”
I could only nod my head as the noise
of the wind wouldn’t let me be heard. Up
ahead the river had a sand bank at the
entrance where the waves were showing
white foam even on such a calm day. I
shouted that the channel was over to the
port side. Brian must have understood
because he nodded his head and aimed
the ski towards the deeper water.
We hit a wave and became airborne.
It was only because I saw it coming,
otherwise I’d have been thrown off. We
cruised to about two clicks out. Brian
eased back on the power so we were just
cruising quietly along.
“Hey, look over there,” I yelled pointing
at a large shape that was breaking the
water about 40m away.
Brian had his head in his camera bag.
When he looked up, he had his waterproof
camera to his eye. He cut the engine.
We were just sitting there when a black
behemoth came up alongside nearly
tipping the ski and us into the water.
“Hang loose Chaos. It’s just the calf
checking us out.”
The calf rolled on to its side so I was
looking him (or her) in the eye. I ’m sure
it winked at me – if whales can wink – as
it dove back under the water, giving us a
drenching with its tail. But it didn’t stop
there. The calf wanted to come on board
or so I thought ...
“ You get enough shots Brian? I can see
more whales over there and they look like
they are coming towards us.”
Brian started the motor and we headed
back to the river mouth. We got to within
400m of the mouth when the motor made
a nasty noise and stopped. I thought it
must be me. Every time I go out on the
water nowadays something happens and
I end up swimming.
“Can you get it started ... or am I going
to have to swim ashore to get my tinnie
and tow you in? ”
I was barefooted with a t-shirt and
board shorts. So once I got the lifejacket
off I could easily swim ashore. I could see
some surfers close by, so figured I was
“ You going to be ok, Chaos? ”
“No worries. It’s not that far to the
beach. Then I’ll walk around to the boat
ramp and get the tinnie. It might take a
I started to swim getting to just before
the break and was looking around for a
wave to take me in. Suddenly a black fin
appeared and headed for me. I thought
this is it. The fin and body flashed by
inches from me.
“Don’t worry mate, it’s only a dolphin,”
yelled a board rider just over from me. Still,
I made good time to the beach! I waved to
Brian who was slowly drifting south with
the current. It was a good hour later before
I got back to him and another couple of
hours getting back to the boat ramp.
“I managed to scrounge some whiting
from the blokes who were hanging around
the boat ramp. Do you feel like something
to eat?” h
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