The weather report was looking good so Shaun and I decided to take my boat for a run up to a couple of GPS marks we have about 60Km north east of Rosslyn Bay to chase some fish. We got a few good fish including Silver Jew, Grunter, Coral Trout, Red Throat Emperor and cod.
Unfortunately on the trip home we hit a turtle that was just under the water at about 45Km/h. Considering the damage to the outboard leg I doubt the turtle survived but we circled around and couldn’t find any sign of it except for some blood in the water. I’ve heard some stories of the damage that can be done to boats that strike turtles on the Great Barrier Reef so I think I got off lightly but its unfortunate for the turtle that he chose this time to rise to the surface. We often have to maneuver to avoid turtles that are on the surface but this time he must have been coming up for a breath and we didn’t have a chance of seeing it.
One of the highlights was this giant Chinaman fish which are a declared ‘no take’ species in Queensland due to their high instance of Ciguatera