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My World – Fishing

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A visit to Port Lincoln isn’t complete without a walk down the main wharf. It is situated in Boston Bay which is more than 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour. Don’t mistake this wharf for the nearby jetties. This is a serious working wharf. A majority of Eyre Peninsula’s grain is exported from this facility, as well as it being home to Australia’s largest fishing fleet.  Colin Thiele wrote the novel “Bluefin” about the Port Lincoln tuna industry, but the subsequent movie was filmed in Streaky Bay.

I love looking at the fishing boats along the wharf. Sitting all day on the jetty just to get a feed of fish, I find it hard to imagine the giant catches that these boats manage. But catch fish they do, and the fish finds it’s way to markets all over the world.

The Kiana has berthed at Port Lincoln for as long as I can remember. The Silver Phoenix was new to my eyes, and I don’t think that Port Lincoln is its “home” port. Both of these boats are ocean going, typically catching herring, mackerel and sardines.

The Lukina and the Lukina2 are owned by Dinko Lukin, one of the pioneers of tuna fishing in the region. His son Dean rose to fame following the 1984 Olympic where he became the only Australian to win a weightlifting gold medal  in the Super Heavyweight division. The Lukin family now farm tuna in huge pens out at sea almost exclusively for the Japanese market. These boats are prawn trawlers. (and a tugboat for good measure). Love or hate the Lukins, they have survived and prospered where many have failed and have brought a great deal of prosperity to the region.

The weather has been exceptionally pleasant this week. I’m pretty sure that the long hot days of summer are over and the cooler milder autumn weather is here with us for a while. Rainfall has been patchy. Some farmers are reporting a variation of up to an inch from one end of their property to the other. Our farm (less than 100km away as the crow flies) received about 2 inches of rain last week, but we haven’t had any to speak of. A friend (about 40km away) has had 4 inches. Very patchy.

The February weather windup looks like this: In the month of February we had 2/100ths 0f an inch of rain. Our hottest day was 44.5C (112F) and our coldest day was 22C (72F). The average maximum temp was 32.5C (90F)

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 Monday 16th March. Max Temp: 23C, Min Temp: 12C,
Rainfall: 0mm, Days since rain: 13

My World – Lipson Cove

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I shouldn’t really be telling you this, so you have to promise not to tell anyone else about Lipson Cove. Okay, promise?

Lipson Cove is situated about halfway between Tumby Bay and Port Neill. It’s not a town, it’s a location. There is nothing here except for some long drop toilets. And you can’t actually see it from the highway and there’s only a little sign to indicated it’s existance. But it is pretty. Really pretty.  It is set up for caravans and camping and you can just make out a few caravans set up in this picture:

 There is an island very close to the shore line and at low tide you can walk out to it, just remember not to get trapped!

 There is also a sand bar that gives an enclosed wading area for small children

The area is well marked out with specified paths to the beach from the camping ground so as not to damage the delicate coastal environment.

But remember, you promised not to tell anyone 😉 

Back home again to check out the hot hot weather. And that means Total Fire Bans are in place. We have had a week of 30+ this last week ranging from 44C last Tuesday, dipping to 30 on Thursday and then creeping up to 41 yesterday (Monday). Thank goodness our town has a pool!!  We have been lucky, with only one major bushfire reported during the last week on Eyre Peninsula. The fire came very close to Port Lincoln (again!) but fortunately, this time there was only loss of property and no loss of human life. Click here for images

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Sunday 18th Jan. Max Temp: 36C, Min Temp: 17C, Rainfall: 0mm, Days since rain: 37