The morning was crisp on the south coast, but that didn’t deter either my mate Buz nor I from heading to the beach for a spot of fishing.
After catching quite a few Herring , he saw a Salmon chase a school of fish towards the rocks. He quickly changed rigs and threw his line back in. Unfortunately after that no Salmon or Herring stayed around. Never the less it was a great morning to be out and about to enjoy what the south-coast of WA has got to offer.
Rock fishing is a favourite past time of many fisherman on the south-coast. The rewards of catching great fish can come with great danger of being swept out to sea by a rouge wave.
Many fisherman, even those who take great precautions, have lost their lives pursuing their love of this sport and it is now that these safety systems have been installed.
“The Nathan Drew Memorial Trust has installed Silent Sentry systems at six high-risk locations which include Salmon Holes near Albany, Lowlands Beach east, Lowlands Beach west, Bum Rock and the Deeps in the Lowlands Reserve.
The Silent Sentry system contains three ball floats surrounded by rope netting and a handle attached to hold onto. The floats can be accessed by pushing the retaining lever to one side.
Once this lever is pushed to access the floats a signal is sent out that contacts the local police, the WA Water Police and the Trust so that local Police can immediately initiate rescue operations. The Trust has estimated that the time between the lever being activated and the local police being informed should not exceed 5 minutes.
Since the installation of the first Silent Sentry system in 2004, they have helped to save the lives of three rock fishers in the south west.”
Worth a read for all rock fishermen
Last year I was fortunate enough to visit the Kimberley. It was my first time in the area, and I certainly wasn’t let down. After many years of people telling me to get up here, I finally did. As it was for work, I wasn’t able to get out and take many photos. I will however be back there next wet season to capture the fantastic landscape, with the monsoonal thunderstorms.
The Ord River is about 320kms long with the headwaters located below the 983-metre Mount Wells and initially flows east and around the edge of Purnululu National Park before heading North through Lake Argyle then passing west of Kununurra and discharging into theCambridge Gulf, which is at the southern extremity of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Timor Sea. The river has 35 tributaries of which the five longest are Bow River, Nicholson River, Dunham River, Panton River and Negri Rivers.
The lower reaches of the river support an important wetland area known as the Ord River Floodplain, a protected area which contains numerous mangrove forests, lagoons, creeks, flats and extensive floodplains.
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