I will be back fishing the Whitsunday
Barramundi Season is Open, here is Ray Cook (bob's grandson) with his first legal saltwater Barramundi. We will be having a comp soon with some good giveaways keep your eyes peeled!
He's at it again....5 year old Jayden catches a 20kg Mackerel!!!! 5 YEARS OLD......I'm speechless!
Jayden your an absolute natural buddy!!!!
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Opening Hours and Weather Update
Showday FRI 6am till 5:30pm, Wind 15-20kts S/E
SAT 6am till 5:30pm, Wind 10-15kts S/E...
SUN 6am till 2pm, Wind 10-15kts S/E
Great building tides as we approach the new moon will make for a great weekend fishing.
Shute Harbour public boat ramp open from tomorrow >>
Boaties wishing to launch from Shute Harbour will be able to do so from tomorrow, Saturday 27 May 2017.
Whi...tsunday Regional Council has been working tirelessly to restore access to the public boat ramp after the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie in late March.
The boat ramp and carpark will be open and available from tomorrow to all members of the public, for recreational use.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said this was great news for boaties and fishing enthusiasts.
“Recreational fishing is one of our region’s favourite pastimes, so getting the boat ramp back up and running for our community has been a priority for Council,” he said today.
“It is a great time of year to be out on the water and enjoying our beautiful region.”
The fishing pontoon previously located at Shute Harbour no longer exists after receiving significant damage during the cyclone.
For more information, please call Council’s Customer Service on (07) 4945 0200.
This is a dear friend who has put all our thoughts so well I had to share....
Reflecting back on TC Debbie
It has been a couple of challenging, frustrating and emotional weeks with the arrival of TC Debbie in my home the Whitsundays. I kn...ew deep within that we were going to cop the eye of the storm and we would be hammered. Mother Nature was going to carry out a major cleansing, and that has been achieved.
I don’t think I can even find the right words to verbalise the intensity and length of the storm and how much it threatened to damage my sanity. My only prayer was that no one died, stuff can be replaced but people can’t. I understood my family and friends would be safe, however everything would change. Yes we had damage, but it was mainly cosmetic, my heart cried at the loss of all our trees – the cycle of life is a funny thing.
Nothing prepared me for the scale of the damage and the geographical area it covered. Standing on the beach in Airlie the morning after, trying to stay upright as the wind did it’s best to push you over; I was amazed at how the physical and emotional landscape of the Whitsundays had changed irrevocably.
Yet Mother Nature wasn’t finished, after dumping nearly 1.2 metres of raining during the Monday & Tuesday, she sent down another .7 metres of rain Wednesday evening to help finish purging the stuck energy released by TC Debbie. Watching the rain lapping at the back door as the torrent started to rage on all sides of the house, I thought I could easily break.
I am not afraid to admit I was petrified; we ended up packing our clothes, grabbing the dog and got in the car to leave. As all the surrounding roads were flooded, we sat at the high point of our street and watched the water rise, and rise and rise. Once we were past high tide about 11:45pm the water receded as quickly as it rose, we drove back into our driveway, where I sulked and refused to get out of the car as I didn’t think I could cope with what would greet me. Once again, I felt immense gratitude as not a single drop of water entered the house, this was confirmation again that the universe was looking after us. Our neighbours weren’t as lucky as some had 3 feet of water come through their houses.
As much as I curse the house I live in, she has kept us safe through five cyclones and two floods, so my attitude towards her has changed for the better.
Some communities were isolated for nearly 5 days before access could be made due to flooding, powerlines and trees down across roads. The Whitsundays in some places looks like a war zone and I am concerned about the ongoing emotional impact on many of the residents.
TC Debbie and the ensuing lack of running water (4 days) and electricity (12 days) has made me appreciate the simpler things in life and I actually enjoyed the peace and quiet of no TV, laptop. Without the dense foliage surrounding us anymore and the lack of light pollution, I can now see the stars, an incredibly glorious sight.
Our community overall has been amazing and have worked together to clean up the mess, on the downside there are small number of scumbag looters who are responsible for many sleepless nights. The mongrels would come through the bush or across the creek in the middle of the night, so I would have to get up and shine my big torch in their direction so they would get the hint that someone was home.
I have learnt many things and some of them are as follows:
It is important to:
BE PREPARED – the usual stuff – have enough food, water, gas, radio, batteries, fuel, torches etc as if you are going on a camping trip (we used to base it on four days, I will now increase it to seven days), gensets are amazing, and I am requesting a chainsaw for Christmas this year
BE PATIENT – when the danger is over and some services are reconnected there are going to be great big queues everyday – for food, fuel, water, the tip etc
BE COMPASSIONATE – especially to those people who are idiots and just don’t have a clue – (No, the power can’t be switched back on the day after the cyclone, can you not see all the broken power poles and lines!!!)
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO CRY – stop being stoic, sometimes you need to let it out
CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS – especially the elderly and disabled
ACCEPT OFFERS OF HELP
BE SELF-SUFFICIENT – Emergency services are going to make sure their own families are safe before they start checking on everyone else
I am incredibly grateful for the following:
- We are alive and injury free – a little bit windswept and water logged
- My rock star neighbours Nathan & Kylie Waters who have been an absolute godsend. During the eye of the cyclone Nathan came and banged on our door, to make sure we were ok after our big tree fell across the entrance of the house. Nathan & Kylie have charged our phones, helped clean up, and kept an eye on Gregory and I, while Ian was out at work
- Cait for offering to take all our frozen fish and store it as she had a generator
- My sister Tiffany who kept my family in the loop with what was going on, and was my secretary for 2 weeks while I had no power or internet access
- A man named Dave who rocked up with a couple of friends and a chainsaw the morning after and helped us to get the tree off our cars
- Ergon Energy who have been absolutely amazing restoring power ahead of schedule in challenging circumstances
- My brother Derrick for offering to have Gregory for the last week of the holidays
- All my friends and family who sent messages of support via Facebook and text, I apologise if I haven’t responded to you all as I was trying to save battery life on the mobiles, and I still don’t have my phone or internet services restored at home yet.
- The resilience of the community I live in
- Strangers helping strangers
We will rebuild our community and be stronger for it
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