Our first weekend in Karumba was lots of fun. We fished Saturday but didn’t catch a thing, came home had a swim then got tidy and headed over to the BBQ the park puts on each Saturday in the tourist season.
The park management is a real family affair with father, mother, bothers, sister etc. involved in the running of it-and they do a top job. They cook and give away many kilos of fish each week for many weeks-all we had to do was turn up with plates, cutlery and a salad. We sat with near neighbours Pat and Lexie and their niece Kathy and her husband Steve. We each brought a salad (Lexie actually brought scalloped potatoes) to share.
As well as the BBQ, anyone with the least bit of talent can get up and sing, recite a poem or tell a joke. Some were surprisingly good and/or funny. There was also a raffle with profits going to the medical centre.
All in all, a really fun night! I looked at a woman sitting near me, and knew I knew her. When I asked where we’d met, she said that we hadn’t-she didn’t know me. I was sure I did, and when I pointed out Russ, it came to her. We’d met 6 years before on a 3 night yachting trip off Derby in the Kimberley. Small world!
On Saturday, there was a patrol out on the water checking people’s safety gear and fish catches. We didn’t get stopped but had we, our flotation devices didn’t have a certificate to say they’d been checked in Victoria just before we left. It’s a $220 fine each, so with it rumoured they’d be around again Sunday we decided not to fish, instead, Sunday was spent relaxing. We did a bit of washing and had a swim.
Sunday night, we went on the Crab and Croc Sunset Tour with hosts Julianne and Mark. It was great and if you’re ever up this way, make sure to go along. We didn’t go anywhere we haven’t been in our boat, but they give you a bit of info on the town, it’s a comfy boat, and more importantly,
they ply you with more beer, (bottled) wine and prawns than a person need. Mark also makes a great pickled fish that we plan to make next time we catch fish. When we do, I’ll photograph it and post the recipe.
The 20 of us on the boat were a nice mix of locals with visitors, and tourists like us. A very friendly lot.
Mark and Julianne are also licenced mud crabbers and sell fresh live ones from home for $30. They are guaranteed to be over 1kg so might just have to buy one before we leave as we’re having no luck catching them!
This morning Russ has been and bought us two cheap (legal) life jackets so we’re right to fish again.