It’s 6.31 am in Karumba at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park
The fishermen have been up since 5 am heading for their favourite spot or a new one they want to try. Maybe they will head up the river or maybe go out to the Sand Island. The local grapevine is working better than ever and faster than email, even from thousands of miles away. The word is out that the big Barras are on the move. Positive anticipation is the mood of the day and just a touch of an adrenaline rush is in the body. We are going to get a big one today and maybe a real biggie Barramundi that may take up to an hour to land. Or we might get 6 or 7 Jew fish or maybe a big Spanish Mackerel.
The Roos are out getting an early feed before finding a shady spot for the day and the Kites are soaring the sky looking for unwary prey. The crabbers pass Pelicans and Brolgas while on their way to clear and set their crab pots for the day and then return to the park for a healthy crab lunch with just a hint of Tabasco washed down with a cool ale or maybe an early glass of Aussie red or a Kiwi white.
Other guests are just taking it easy or planning their day. Perhaps a round of golf, a walk from the Point to Karumba on the new walking track or maybe take the bikes and ride. Maybe something really strenuous like reading a book. Possibly bird watching is on the agenda. Lunch at the Tavern 300 hundred metres up the road before the big game starts.Maybe Rugby, Aussies Rules or a bit of Football. You know, that game with the round ball where everybody kisses and hugs each other after you have ripped your shirt off! Even the Sheilas like that. Maybe watch the golf and see how a 15 year old girl amateur can beat up on the pros. Or see how those Aussie golfers are shaping up for the 2013 Masters. Whatever the like you can watch it in Karumba and have a bet on it or have a punt on a fast nag or dog at the TAB if you wish. Right next door is the Pokies if you want to bring them to their knees! The choice is yours.
After an exhausting day of total relaxation great grub and a few browns and beating your self up sitting in your tinnie catching heaps of fish, it might be time for a quick nap before the real hardship of the day starts. An hours Kip and then once more into the frey. The afternoon Session!! The Colosseum of debate. The clashing of brilliant minds debating the days catch or why that idiot umpire did not give a penalty. It’s certainly not a dry argument. Never a shortage of the liquid gold or a couple of bottles of Red Ned and justifiably so. With all the days hard yakka one is entitled to a bit of relaxation and nourishment of the soul and of course the same for the inner man or woman. Boy life is tough here in Karumba. I had a hell of a job getting the smile off my face today and when I heard how that guy went out in his boat forgetting to put the bungs back in the tinnie, I just about busted a gut muscle from laughing. I forget what his name is. My mate did as well. Never to worry, one of the young jokers will know. Gee I hope it wasn’t me!!
Anyway, dinner was great and it’s getting late. Time for bite. Pretty simple tonight. Beer battered Grunter with golden chips. A squirt of lemon and maybe a light sprinkle of vinegar and I am going to have salt!!
Gee it must be at least 8 or 9 pm. Better hit the hay. Another exhausting day coming up tomorrow. Got to go and get those new fish hooks and some bait for another gruelling day on the water. Got to get some practice in for the big Karumba Anglers Fishing Competition on the 4Th and 5Th of May and Anzac day on the 25Th of April. Easter is just around the corner which will be a fun time. The Dockers are playing Essendon tomorrow at 2pm and the Wallabies are going head to head with The AB’s. The Missus has got craft day in the park, lunch at the Tavern followed by the afternoon session and the Friday night roast in the park. They have a some great entertainment at the Roast Night. Oh, and the Grand Kids are coming today to spend a week with me. No wonder I am buggered!!