Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Whale

Flying Wok trips involve card playing (Black Bitch) and the telling of jokes. Most of the jokes should not be repeated here as they are usually rather rude. The jokes are repeated regularly, and so many of them now have numbers.
The joke teller says "Number #17 " and all laugh out loud.

However this joke has a nautical flavour and is CLEAN! :-

Once there were three men in a boat. A whale came along and swallowed them The situation was serious.

"We must get out of this situation. "

The first man, an Englishman said "I know. I will smoke my pipe and the whale will cough us out." 

This plan failed as the whale refused to cough,

"I know" said the second man, a Scotsman, "I will play my bagpipes and the whale will get sick and vomit us out" 

This too failed to produce the desired result as the whale tolerated the bagpipe sounds without vomiting. It was made of stern stuff!

The third man was Welsh.

 "I know. Let us all sing" he said. 
"And what will that do?" asked the other two.

"I don't know but we always sing in W(h)ales"

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ship Cove

Captain Cook came here in 1770. We followed up in 2014 - a little late for the party, but the weather in Cook Strait was not very conducive to fishing.

Nimrod at Ship Cove

Ship Cove jetty

History 101

Ship Cove is the start of the Queen Charlotte walkway.

Strait ahead 2014

The Flying Wok team decided to try another fishing spot, and so booked a trip with Dave Fishburn - two days fishing with grouper the target species and three nights stay at Endeavour Lodge. The FW team were a bit tardy in replying to the summons for a trip in August and so the numbers were filled out by gentlemen from the Motueka RSA fishing club and Jim, another Nelson ring-in. 







The team set sail on a Tuesday afternoon and drove to Picton, stopping in Havelock for our usual lunch at the Brick Oven. 

We drove on to Picton, where we met Dave Fishburn and FV Nimrod at the wharf, next to the ferry terminal. We unloaded our gear (food, booze, and the Wok) aboard the boat and sailed to the Endeavour Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. 

Along way we caught scallops for tea in the Bay of Many Coves

We met Corky's cousin beside the path as we walked from the jetty to the motels. 

Our Accomodation - Endeavour Lodge

Cooking on the Wok

Lunch sandwiches
We started out on Nimrod early (0700hrs) the next day for Cook Strait and a spot of Grouper fishing. The fish were not very forthcoming and the weather was packing up so we retreated to catch some Blue Cod - in "the slot" (30-35cm in size) After catching many cod that were either too small or too big we filled our quota of 2 per person and tried for "other species" The Gurnard, Tarakihi and Snapper were not very forthcoming. 

Grouper in Cook Strait


Filleting Grouper


What is it?

Scallop opening

Grouper cheeks

Boys with their toys

Calmer waters

Captain collander

Hello little crab!

Nimrod at Endeavour Lodge jetty

Mode 1

Bruce takes a picture

Packing up the Wok

Arriving back at Picton

Dividing the spoils at the dead centre of Nelson