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Port Smith Day 8

Our secret fishing spot

Our secret fishing spot

The fishing has really slowed up. We tried our secret spot, then a number of others, and only caught a bream and an estuary cod for 5 hours of fishing. We caught plenty of undersized stuff and three more species to bring that total to 25 caught here, and it was lovely on the water, so it was still a good day.

We’re having mangrove jack, chips and salad for our dinner tonight.

Crumbed Fish

  • 400g fish fillet (we had mangrove jack)
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned flour (Russ used sumac, salt and pepper last night)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with a dash of milk (or water)
  • Panko crumbs as needed
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (we used rice bran oil)
Panko crumbed fish

Panko crumbed fish


  1. Place the seasoned flour in a plastic bag, shake to coat the fish.
  2. Dip in the egg wash, allowing excess egg to drain off.
  3. Coat in panko crumbs, pressing gently (or they’ll end up like any old cheap breadcrumb!)
  4. Heat the oil over a medium high heat, add the fillets to the pan and cook a couple of minutes each side until golden brown. Cooking time depends on the thickness of your fillets of course, but you don’t want them overcooked so be careful!

Port Smith Day 7

A juvenille Diamond trevally resting on the missing fishing box

A juvenille Diamond trevally resting on the missing fishing box

We managed to get our fishing reasonable early for us (just after 9 and saying goodbye to Kathy and Steve).  As Russ was getting organised to go, he discovered our fish box missing. It was a good one, and quite expensive, so we were a bit pissed off by that. Russ checked the fish cleaning table in case he’d left it there 2 nights before but no. I reported it missing to the office and let the neighbours know what had happened.

Everyone leaves all sorts of things outside and unlocked here so if there was a thief about, best everyone was careful. When I told neighbours Bob and Lynn, they said they’d seen it at the fish cleaning table last night. As we drove up to check one more time, one of the park employees drove down to the office with it in his trailer! Another crisis averted!

Off out to fish right on high tide, we came home with 6 fish. 2 bream, a trevally, a mangrove jack, flathead and my favourite-goat fish.

Port Smith Day 4

Port Smith Lagoon late arvo

Port Smith Lagoon late arvo

Day 4

My mojo is back! I caught 2 mangrove jacks, 1 bream and 1 trevally so I’m much happier. The tides are right out, so we had to drive over quite a bit of sand then push the boat quite a long way, before it actually floated.

Steve and Kathy who we met in Karumba arrived and we had drinks with them before heading home to make our dinner of pasta alamatriciana and to watch a movie (the secret life of bees-very good!)