Sunday morn and we launched the dinghy and arranged with Arnhem to come and pick us up. Cable beach at Gantheame point is the local boat launching ramp, and on this Sunday there were over 100 vehicles parked on the beach, as well as people just BBQ'ing and relaxing, a very unique sight as the tide goes out leaving hundreds of metres of hard pindan sand that lets you drive to the waters edge.
Arnhem took us to their lovely house and Maxine kindly lent us her car so we could start the mammoth task of restocking the boat for 6 weeks and 4 people. That took us all Sunday and all Monday with numerous trips back and forth to the boat and into town. The "horror stories" of mooring at Broome did not eventuate, and we were lucky with flat calm conditions.
A strong wind warning for Tuesday gave us a day off and we lazed around Broome enjoying some of the local Cafe's and picking up any last minute bits and pieces we could think of. Wednesday morn we set off heading up to Cape Baskerville about 50miles up the coast. Paul had a line in as soon as we left the mooring, and had caught a Blue Fin Tuna within 20minutes. Shortly after we had a nice Mackerel…lunch and dinner sorted! My fishing prowess was being totally shown up, with the final nail in the coffin when Paul was simply pulling in one of his lures and a 1.5m Spanish Mackerel decided to jump out of the water and try to land in the cockpit!
We had another day of fishing on Thursday as we left Cape Baskerville and headed about 30miles up to Pender Bay. Stopping on some special spots on the way to get some snapper. The girls combined showing their "girl power" and caught the bulk of the fish, while Paul and me were relegated to baiting the hooks and taking the fish off as they were reeled in. We arrived in Pender Bay just on dark. Today we are heading up to Cape Leveque which is considered the start of the Kimberley. Some strong wind warnings for Sat and Sunday so we may get stuck at Leveque for a day or so with a chance to watch the Derby. Mon and Paul have settled in, Nic is adjusting to not being able to swim due to crocs, but all the crew are very happy and content!! How could you not be?