Milikapiti #21

Sunday 19th/Monday 20th June- time to go fishing. The weather is looking much better than last weekend when our friends the Brincau’s were visiting. We went out into the bay, it was a little bumpy but still very fishable. The breath taking colours make me wish I could draw or paint but I will settle for the real thing & photos.

WOW! We didn’t fish for long, no need, 2 big beautiful Golden Snappers (fingermark), the we put the crab pots in & went home.

Up early next morning & back out into the bay again, caught a variety of smallish fish – no keepers except for one ‘goldie’ who swallowed the hook & wouldn’t of survived (pan size). Then it happened – Peter’s line went off, took him a while but he eventually landed a 130cm jew fish – WOW! A beautiful creature, we released him & went & collected the crab pots, 1 keeper, the crocs had some fun with 2 pots.

A great way to end our fishing days here on Melville Island, as we have sold the boat & the new owners wanted to collect the boat the same afternoon.

While out walking next morning I discovered quite a few of the Blackwood (acacia family) still flowering – so beautiful.

The start to another beautiful day in paradise.
Golden snapper #1
Golden snapper #2
1 x 75cm: 1 x 68cm
waiting for the sun to rise
the colours-WOW!
Here comes the sun
I think its going to be good…..
he’s still there
130cm jew fish
Apple mangrove
Australian Blackwood

Milikapiti #20

We had visitors again- Darren & Jenelle, the ‘Brincows’ arrived from Darwin on the Sealink ferry then crossed the channel to Paru on the car ferry where we collected them & drove back to Milikapiti. It was great to have them here with us.

12th June, Sunday morning, we launched the boat, a little windy, we will go out into the bay & see how we go but first of all we put the crab pots in. It was a little fresh but this is the ‘dry’ season. We got out to one of the reef areas we fish but the wind was not pretty, the swell not nice & quite choppy so back into the creek. Darren started of with a smallish Golden Snapper with a ‘happy snapper’ watching him near by. Jenelle soon started catching a few too.

Early next morning back down to the creek, skies were beautiful. 2 dingoes were interested in what was happening & got quite close. The weather forecast hasn’t changed so we staying in the creek fishing again, even the creek was a little bouncy…….haha. I caught a small shark but he caused a bit of havoc with our lines. We had another ‘happy snappy’ closing in on us today, one poor unfortunate small fish that swallowed the hook, his survival not good, the happy snappy wanted more……We collected the crab pots with 3 keepers which were enjoyable.

Went for a few drives, one out to ‘pretty flower’ & Karslake – so nice.

The ‘burn offs’ / fires have being going for the last month, not sure if they are all proper burns but that is how it is.

Saw some black cockies on my early morning walk, don’t see them very often.

The Brincows are here. 🙂
Beautiful day out on the water.
Time to put crab pots in.
But it was a little fresh.
Darren starting small.
This fellow was watching.
Jenelle wasn’t being left out.
Sway back #1 in town with her growing foal.
Early morning next day on our way to the creek
These 2 fellows were interested in us launching the boat.
I caught a shark.
Darren & Peter wanted to be apart of the shark capture too.
This fellow was close.
Demolishing a rather small fish which swallowed the hook so wasn’t happy.
He wanted more.
Time to collect the crab pots.
Had a very enjoyable few days on the water with the Brincows.
Was nice to feast on a few muddies.
Took the Brincows out to ‘pretty flower’, a nice lookout.
Called into Karslake for a visit, a very beautiful place
A burnoff near the club, our workplace.
Black cockatoo’s

Milikapiti #19

0700hrs Monday 23rd May, Peter, Rob( relief manager for 2 weeks) & I went down to the creek, they both went out in the boat & I walked back home, they returned just after lunch with a few Golden Snapper. On my walk home I came across a few beauties, the wattles are flowering profusely at the moment – so beautiful.

The following weekend Peter & I put the crab pots in & caught a few jacks for dinner on the Sunday, next day up early & back out in the boat – WOW, such a beautiful time of day, it was a little cloudy but the sunrise was still awesome, just watching the different times of the sun rising makes the boat outing worth it. It was a little bumpy while going out to the bay but the end result was worth it. We caught heaps of fish & released the majority of them, had loads of fun, we collected the crab pots, 6 crabs, 3 keepers. Amongst the trees at one of the spots where we had a crab pot, there was hundreds of bats, you could smell & hear them from quite a distance.

I passed a few ponies on my morning walk, they not too friendly but I did manage to get a pic.

Quite a nice Golden Snapper (fingermark)
Flossflower a species of Whiteweed
Golden wattle
so many images of sunrise
fruit bats galore
our keepers for the trip
3 keeper crabs – yummo
This young fellow is about 10 months old.
the eucalypts are flowering like crazy
Harlequin glory bower also known as Peanut butter tree

Milikapiti # 18

We got up early the next day & out in the boat again, it was so foggy, never seen fog like this here before, actually we have never seen fog here period. But it was interesting especially when the sun was trying to shine through. We had 2 keepers, Danny caught both of them. We collected the crab pots & managed to keep 4 crabs, they were yummy. We took Danny & Julie over Karslake for a drive, a very popular camping spot for the locals & very lovely, during spring tides at low tide you can walk over to Karslake Island.

Took Julie & Danny back to Paru, they caught the car ferry across the channel to Bathurst Island then jumped on the Sealink ferry to take them back to Darwin. Along the way we passed many flowering wattles, they look awesome.

Maori sea perch
mud crabs
overlooking Karslake island
Sydney Golden Wattle
Golden Wattle
Bye Boshies, thanks for visiting,we will see you in Sept. 🙂

Milikapiti # 17

13th May found us driving to Paru approximately an hours drive from Milikapiti, it is opposite Bathurst Island where the ferry from Cullen Bay, Darwin arrives. The ferry ride takes about 2 & a bit hours. My cousins Danny & Julie Boshie from north QLD arrived via the Sealink ferry & are visiting for 6 days -very exciting. Once you arrive at Bathurst Island you either jump on the dingy or the car ferry which ever is crossing the channel to Melville & hopefully your lift will be waiting. Along the way we passed one of the locals ‘holiday houses’, there was quite a few of these sea containers set up with a tank, outhouse & concrete patio – pre-covid, but of course once covid struck the locals couldn’t go bush to these holiday houses as the health centre staff said they wouldn’t be able to find & treat people if they were covid positive ……????

We stopped at the local freshwater swimming hole which is currently quite nice because of the rain we had, it dry’s up over the dry, Danny spotted a skeleton of some sort!!! don’t know what it is. any ideas would be appreciated. The countryside is full of flowering wattles at the moment, they are truly beautiful & smell great too. We had a quick stop at Family beach & the tide was high still very nice.

Early next morning, we had a quick breakfast & headed to the creek, WOW! what a beautiful looking day. The weather & sea ended up being amazing – soooooo nice. We put crab pots in & then went out fishing, we had great fun, saw dolphins, sharks & a few birds. Came home, cleaned fish, ate fish & played cards. Had an awesome day with awesome people.

Sealink ferry
Bathurst Island where the ferry docks.
car ferry which also carries passengers
Julie & Danny arrive
one of the local holiday houses
& they have an outside outhouse too
the local fresh water swimming hole
not sure what this was?????any ideas?

Sydney Golden Wattle
Family Beach
Family Beach
sunrise on the way to the creek to go out fishing
Putting the crab pots in
great times out on the water
Woo ho – really good day on the water, Danny -Golden snapper. Kerry-Golden trevally
Julie -Maori sea perch
Golden snapper
our keepers 🙂

Milikapiti # 16

Last Sunday 24th April we took the boat out to a place called Cook’s reef( supposed to be good fishing area) & while fishing we saw lots of birds diving onto the water, big splashes etc so we thought it would be good to check out & maybe catch some mackerel. As we got closer there was a large dark mass in the water, the closer we got you could see heaps of fish & sharks, the dark mass was bait fish – 1000’s of them. The fish & sharks were going crazy, we stopped & threw lures in trying to catch some mackerel, Peter caught 2 sharks, I caught a tuna mackerel & 2 sharks – we gave up as it took ages to get sharks off our lines without losing our lures but it was fun & interesting. We then went back to another reef where we frequently fish, Peter caught a Tricky snapper(our dinner) & also a Epaulette shark (a real cutie).

Went out again on Monday – its so nice going out on the boat. We went to our usual reef area & tried a few different spots with success, 5 keepers – 2 x Golden snapper, 1 x Spangled emperor(also know as Green snapper), 2 x rock cod & 2 muddies. This time when we collected the pots the crocs had only played with 2 pots so not too many repairs. Not long after we got home, the boat cleaned & fish cleaning time – the rain started…..haha

Went for a walk Thursday morning, the bird life at present is amazing (all too quick for any pics) but the parrots are gorgeous & there is an abundance of sulphur crested cockatoo’s.

A mass of bait fish.

sharks chasing bait fish
Tuna mackerel
Epaulette shark
She is such a great boat.
Another day out on the water.
Golden snapper – 53cms
Spangled emperor
Ornamental pincushion

Milikapiti #15

Time is going so quick, mid April already.

Took a drive out to ‘Pretty Flower’, this place is high cliffs overlooking Shark Bay & the locals come here & fish, apparently lately they have been catching a few bara off the banks, we thought we would try our luck, no joy for bara, I caught a trevally & released it, but the walk back up hill was short, steep & interesting. Drove out to Karslake, a very popular camping spot for the locals, very nice area. Its currently very overgrown with cane grass which the many birds thinking its paradise although the seeds are very friendly & kept jumping onto our clothes….hahaha

We flew to Darwin for 2 nights, my turn for having dentist visits, one of those things we should do more often. We fly out of Milikapiti Sunday 1.30pm & fly back Tuesday morning 0800hrs. I got a few pics from the plane flying over the south coastline of Melville Is & the channel between Melville & Bathurst Islands, quite interesting I thought.

The next days off back out in the boat, come across some interesting looking jelly fish & YES, Kerry caught a bara…….hahaha, had to let Peter have a hold. Went out the next day but we had to get fuel first, found some lovely vegetation. While out fishing 1000’s of little crabs were swimming out to sea with the tide, I have never seen that before, they were everywhere. Once the tide turned – no crabs. We caught a few mangrove jack for dinner, collected the crabpots – no joy but the crocs played with a couple of them – more repairs. Still had a great time out on the water.

Looking out over Shark Bay – quite specki
Bit steep but good for the heart…….
Flowering legumes found while walking up the hill.
cane grass flowering everywhere at Karslake.
Looking for dinner.
So beautiful, they are flowering everywhere.
Bathurst Island in the background.
southwest coast of Melville Island
sun has gone for another day, overlooking the oval next to the club at Milikapiti
beautiful & unusual looking jelly fish
Yea, I caught a bara
Had to let Peter have a hold.
yellow alder- flowering everywhere at the moment
Beautiful flower of the rosella plant
They are fruiting profusely.
Lotz of these critters swam past us.

Milikapiti #14

WOW! We had visitors. Brother Rob & his son-inlaw Frankc both from Kununurra arrived on Friday 1st April, they caught the Sealink ferry from Cullen Bay(Darwin) to Bathurst Island (one of the 2 islands of the Tiwi Islands) then jumped on the tinny ferry to come across the channel to Melville Island approx 10 minute ride. Peter collected them & drove back to Milikapiti, approx 1 hour drive. It was awesome to have them here for 5 days. We went down to Tim-ram-boo, a tidal creek that goes into Snake Bay, the locals come here a lot for fishing. Took a drive to Family Beach approx 5klms from community another popular place with the locals, obviously no one had been down after a few storms because the boys had a little track maintenance to do. While they were doing this I took a few pics of the vegetation….It was low tide so the boys had fun in the mud, the mangrove roots are their own little forest-quite amazing really.

Sunday morning early we took boat to the creek, it was early & a beautiful time of day, the boys launched the boat, they will put crab pots in & hopefully catch some fish while having a great time. I walked back home (5 klms easy walk ). They didn’t fill the eski but had good fun, will try again tomorrow. After they returned & a rest we played cards & enjoyed fresh fish for dinner.

Early Monday morning we fueled up the boat & set off to the creek. Launched the boat & the boys were off, this time ‘old mate’ was there to send them off to, Frankc pointed him out….. I started my walk home, not quite as dark as we were a little later this morning. They returned home mid-afternoon, a few fish & 3 crab pots in need of lots of repair……oh well, no crab for dinner but fresh fish again & they get to take some home to Kununurra, Rob & Frankc flying out tommorrow morning, 30 minute flight to Darwin. It was wonderful having Rob & Frankc visit. 🙂

Tim-ram-boo tide was low
the creek enters Snake Bay
The boys make the track a bit more accessible.
Family Beach
mangrove country
the boys are off
bit dark for start of my walk but didn’t take long to lighten up
Saw this fellow on the walk back.
Quite a beautiful wedgetail.
The hibiscus plants are flowering profusely at the moment.
Nearly home.
Fueling up before the sunrise.
Frankc pointing out our mate – the croc
there he is
time to walk back again, not quite as dark this morning.
time to walk home…….

Milikapiti #13

On one of the walks we do is over looking Shark Bay, WOW! it is really quite beautiful. Saw a few different fungi & flowers along the way which always makes the walk more interesting.

Took a drive out to ‘Family Beach’, quite a lovely spot. There were some dolphins having some fun but my pics do not justify them……haha. Lotz of hermit crabs on the move in the shallows.

Peter & I out boating (27th & 28th March), we put the crab pots out & threw a few lures, got a few mangrove jacks but released them. Monday out boating again – this time went out to a reef we visit regularly & I caught a nice parrot fish, they are so beautiful & yummy, there were quite a few jelly fish like critters around, I hadn’t seen these before & not easy to get a pic of. We collected the pots – no joy except for one cod, not a bad size so a keeper.

Indian cork tree
Woolly frogs mouth
Yellow adder
Yea – fungi
Family Beach
Looking out at ‘family beach’
a mob of dolphins were having some fun times (left edge of pic)
hermit crabs were on the move

Parrot fish
Peter in action……..
Some type of jelly fish???????
Got this fellow in a crab pot.

Milikapiti # 12

As we were putting the boat in, ‘old mate’ was not far away, I think there must be a couple of them as this fellow wasn’t that big. Successful day, 2 nice mangrove jack keepers & 1 muddie. It was beautiful out on the water, clouds started to build up so not long after we headed in, just got in before the skies opened.

While out walking came across a few nice things, flowers & fungi in full swing.

Last Sunday (20th March), Peter took our a contract worker & his son(they live in Darwin), left before the sun came up, they managed to catch a few Golden snapper(fingermark) but no keepers. I went with them to the creek where we launch the boat then walked back, 5.2klm, it was nice walking as the sun came up.

Peter & I went out boating on the Monday, we caught a few keeper Golden snappers & a Sea bass (we released him), another beautiful morning on the water.

‘old mate’
clouds starting to build up a little
yummy jacks
only 1 but he was delicious
Something this fungi edible
Azure bluet – flowering everywhere.
Hibiscus are flowering in abundance.
Full moon just as dawn is breaking.
Peter, Mick & Jacob heading out.
quite a few puddles on the road from the rain
Pomaderris kumuraho
3 golden snapper
Sea bass – 1st one we have ever caught