Reels, Rods and Rid- Fishing Hinchinbrook Island
Wednesday, the 31st & last day of July
We awoke to yet another perfectly glorious day-25 C in the shade and not a cloud in the sky. We had pitched our tent in a campground at Lucinda. Lucinda is a tiny coastal town whose fame comes from its 5.7-kilometre jetty and bulk sugar terminal. Believe it or not, this little town opposite the magnificent Hinchinbrook Island has the world’s largest bulk raw sugar handling system. The mill supplies around 360,000 tonnes of raw sugar each year and has a storage capacity of over 2 million tonnes. The gigantic tin sheds that loom over and dwarf the town, are somehow industrially beautiful.
After a quick and frugal breakfast of tea and toast, we eagerly took our little 3.4-metre rigid-hulled inflatable boat down the nearby boat ramp and headed off on our first real fishing adventure.
The ride out to Hinchinbrook is truly boggling.
Nothing can prepare you for the beauty and immensity of the island. It looks huge and green with mangroves rising to the forest along the mountain range that runs along the island’s spine. After puttering around the edge we realised it was too large to make it round to the west side within one day (our motor is only 15 horsepower). Instead, we decided to venture up an estuary into the mangroves for a spot of fishing. This proved to be true swampy mangrove country, complete with spooky noises, ferocious sand flies and murky water.
We passed a magical three hours casting our lures off into the mangroves. (Unfortunately, I ended up casting my lure onto leaves and tree branches more often than into the water! If it weren’t for the RID (a popular brand of insect repellent that protects one from sand flies, mosquitoes, and other creepy-crawly nasties), it would have been particularly painful!
ALAS… ALACK …… To no avail, the fish were too clever for us. Unfortunately, we failed to catch a fish but did spend a magical day cruising around the mangroves and island waters. For all avid fisherman or boating people, Hinchinbrook presents a myriad of different and varied fishing spots and is truly worth a look around.
After lunch on a deserted beach, we suddenly noticed the rapidly diminishing tide. The tides around the islands are severe and change very suddenly. As we dodged the sandbanks and headed back to shore we noticed a yacht who had not fared so well
Unfortunately, she had run aground and was precariously
perched and anxiously awaiting the next tide.
A spot of late night fishing on the jetty by moonlight was a fun end to our stay at Lucida- however, a new family with three noisy kids had moved on to the site next to ours so we decided to on y va (leave) on to the next destination!!!!!