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Spear and Beer Festival

It was that time of the year again for the spear and beer festival a thing my best mate Bobcat and I did every year where we go spearfishing and beer drinking (Cider for me! I know it is a girl’s drink but hey I still like it. I also wear pink and don’t call is salmon) mainly at Rapid Bay.

This year was no different. We packed the 4 wheel drives then headed on our trip. The weather was beautiful. We raced on the way. The best thing about Rapid Bay is that it is close. You don’t spend a lot of time travelling which means you can enjoy yourself quicker …

Back in the day, there were not a lot of people as it was unknown. Now it is very popular so you gotta go at times when everyone is working not on a public holiday long weekend or school holidays …

It was a sunny day when we arrived. We pitched our tents then hit the water. Bobcat used a Hawaiian stick to spearfish.ย  I just used a spear gun. I got into spearfishing through my good mate Flash. He taught me well. I picked up the skill very quickly. We used to go there a lot in summer. We took Doc another friend with us. The first time he shot a fish after may unsuccessful attempts it was an Angelfish which is the one you are not supposed to spear. He was so so happy to have gotten a fish after all those tries and spearing a rock which stuffed up my prong … We paid him out. I think he kept the fish in the freezer and never ate it. Every time he opened the freezer he would imagine the fish saying “Why did you shoot me Doc?” haha

That day the water was very clear and full of squid. It might have been mating season as we had never seen it like that. We ended up getting two big strong fish, a snook, some brim and about 20 squids. The squid was cooked using pancake mix as we didn’t have any flour. They were sweet and yummy. We shared them with other campers. It was a great session as sometimes you get nothing at all. I used to fish using a rod then after learning how to spearfish I didn’t use a rod as often. It is more fun to go for a snorkel and come out with a fish. If you get nothing it is still OK as you had fun in the water so it is a win-win situation. You see all these people standing with rods catching nothing then we walk up with all these fish and clean them on the shore while the manta ray comes to eat the remains. People look at you like you’re a hero then ask where did you catch these? We point to the rocks and smile …

That night after our feast we played music drank, danced and ran a muck talking to everyone. There was a chick camping with us that liked our music so Bobcat gave her a music CD with what was playing … I found that funny … It reminded me of what girls did at school making mixed taps, haha A group of people from France came to us with some goon as they heard the Latin music which attracted them. They were tourists. They came to join us.

I used to dance salsa. I always pretended to be a Latino as I look Spanish. It is fun to mess with people in a good way. I always used to say in Spanish without an accent

Hello friend … I am Joseph Alexander Gomez from Argentina … I am a great man .. haha

They think I am Latino then start talking to me in Spanish for a while before I tell them I don’t really understand Spanish … It is fun, they then laugh …

I ended up dancing salsa with this French/Mexican chick Isabella. Her fiancรฉ Claude kept telling me I am engaged to that chick, I said yeah yeah man we are only dancing. I have a girlfriend. The French guys had a CD with the song “Everybody dance now” We kept playing that part on loud … The camp manager kept coming every time we played it … We kept doing it … The next day someone had to take the fall so we blamed it on the Frenchies even though it was us doing it but hey it was their CD … They were leaving anyway. It was OK …

The second day my girlfriend at the time came to join us. We went for another spear session. My girl and I stayed together that day there were not a lot of fish in the water. Bobcat disappeared. I didn’t know where he went so I was swimming around calling his name. I didn’t know what I would do or say to his mum if I could not find him. It turned out he had gotten out without telling anyone. I was going to get out as well since I was not catching anything then I got a strong fish and asked my girl to hold the spear gun while I get the fish off the spear, kill it and put it in my bag as we were in deep water with no rocks around. She accidentally dropped the rubber off the gun. It fell 15 meters deep. I let the fish go. I needed to get that rubber as without it I will be catching nothing. I would get the fish after I recover the rubber. Since it was 15 meters deep I needed to equalise by going up and down till I managed to go down the 15 meters. Once I did it I got the rubber. I tell you my ears were hurting. My girl clapped when I got it which was sweet. As I was going up and down to get the rubber I could see a manta ray trying to go for the fish then from nowhere a big cuttlefish had a hold of my fish which was half an arm’s length then scared off the manta ray. I was trying to get the rubber really fast to get both the fish and the cuttlefish. That is probably why my ears hurt. The cuttlefish took the fish and disappeared under one of the old wooden planks that fell from the old jetty. I guess the fish was not mine after all. We headed back since we were not going to catch anything. On the way back I saw another smaller cuttlefish which are amazing creatures by the way. They have 3 hearts. The submarine design is based on the cuttlefish. I started moving faster then I got it. We had never had cuttlefish before. We soaked it in milk during the night as this softens the meat of squid and cuttlefish and gets rid of the rubbery effect. We thought that the cuttlefish would be like rubber. It ended up being the best thing we ever tasted. Salt, pepper and chilli cuttlefish camping style. It was like a squid on steroids. My girl had brought flour. We got a plastic bag, we cut the cuttlefish into small pieces put it in the bag with some pepper, chilli, salt and flour, shook it then fried it for 30 seconds in oil … Yum. This trick works with squid too …

The next day I wanted to go for another spear session before we left. Bobcat wanted to leave early, my girl didn’t want to come. I went by myself. Today was like yesterday there were no fish and the water was empty. I thought I would still go around where the rocks are to see if I can find anything then this thing went so fast by me at that moment I peed myself a little I think as you can’t outswim it even with the big flippers.ย  You have to turn around and fight … I held my spear up and kissed my life goodbye which is OK with me as I am in their territory … then it turned out to be a dolphin with it’s calf. They went around me a couple of times. I then thanked God for my blessings and calmed down. It was an amazing experience. I got up and close to those dolphins. The mother was not protective. Even when I went swimming with dolphins before in the wild and paid for it. It was nothing like this! I have swam with sharks before many times where I could see them … When a large creature sneaks up on you. You can’t outswim them. It is not a very nice feeling. I am very lucky it was not a shark.

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1 Comment
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:17h, 27 July

    You are really good with words…

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