Friday night fishing

With the daylight hours growing shorter by the day, we've been making the most of these mild autumn evenings before the clocks turn back, in only a matter of days now.    Friday nights in winter are movie nights, but during summer, we ditch the sofa for the jetty and head off to the river for Friday Night Fishing.

We load up Percy with baskets filled with delicious things to eat, fishing gear and with our limited fishing skills, a fair amount of optimism and hit the highway south.  Other drivers along the way often wave to us when they see Percy, and at first we thought it was because they love old cars too, but now we wonder if they're trying to tell us that some part has fallen off, as we always seem to lose bits of our car when we take him out for a spin.

It takes double the amount of time to reach our destination, given Percy's top speed of 60km, and we shout over the roar and rattle of the engine if we have anything to say, and eventually we get there and really, isn't half the fun the actual journey?    Sometimes, we meet up with friends at our favourite spot on the jetty, and sometimes it's just us.

Mostly we don't catch anything other than little flathead that need to carefully be thrown back into the water, lest they spike you with their stingy spikes, but that doesn't really matter.  It's all about the beautiful setting, the fresh air, good food with friends and enjoying those last lingering light evenings.  Some nights are windy so we head home early, but last night, the air was still and warm and we watched the moon rise and its golden reflection shimmer on the surface of the deep blue water.

Which was the signal to pile back into Percy and head home.  Without any fish.   Again. 

Friday Night fishing, it's a thing.  You should come one day. 







 





17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I am forever fascinated by the contents of those tackle boxes. All those feathered lures. Lovely. x

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    1. I know! They are so pretty but I'm always scared of the hooks!

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  2. Aw lovely. Shimmery water, sparkly lights, flip flopping fish. What could be better?!

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  3. My hubby loves to take the boys. I always laugh because they never catch anything so we've taken to calling it " wishing" :)

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  4. Beautiful....we do a lot of fishing here too, but we also never catch a thing? Last time we went, we grabbed a wrapped up package in the freezer thinking it was bait, but it was bacon? The fish didn't like bacon bait...we really need to hone our craft?! Love Kelly x

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    1. Fish don't like bacon? How very strange! Yes we need to practice fishing too, we have no idea what we're doing but half the fun is just getting out there isn't it? x

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  5. Wow Michelle, these are the outings you and your kids will remember in years to come.
    I used to go fishing with my Mum, sister and grandparents. It used to be a Saturday morning thing, then afterwards we'd get chips and prawn cutlets from the little take-away place for lunch.
    x

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    1. What happy memories Zara! I don't think we ever went fishing as kids so it's all new to me. xx

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  6. It sounds and looks just gorgeous Michelle! x

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  7. This looks like a truly beautiful spot....moonlight on the water, so very relaxing. I would have to drag myself away and feel sad to leave. Such a precious luxury to enjoy and the making of a wonderful memory. I would like to see some photos of this same spot as the winter sets in. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. It was pretty special Jenny, and if it wasn't for tired children I would have quite happily stayed much longer. That's a wonderful idea to see some photos in winter, I'll try and remember!

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  8. That looks like such fun! Reminds me of when my nan used to take us kids down the pier at Bridport :)

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    1. That must make for lovely memories Naomi! x

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