Sunday, 10 September 2017

The one that got away

Some of my memories are great and some not as great. Like the time we went to Hanmer and it tipped it down, and the time I broke my finger playing cricket at school. Do you remember breaking your first bone or making your first friends?

This is one of my favourite memories.  It is about the time I went fishing. Tata Beach is magnificent - waves crashing, birds chirping and an awesome view. What I really like about Tata Beach is the kayaks, four of them!

So me and my dad made a deal. He said “Tomorrow we'll get some bait, hand lines and the kayaks and go fishing.” I was so excited to be going fishing.

The next day we set off on our adventure just like he promised. When we finally finished walking down to the beach we hopped in the kayaks and set off paddling extremely fast. After about two minutes I was exhausted. So we went to an island close by where there were a lot rocks, perfect for fishing. I was so so surprised I had got this far.

We set up our bait and let the hand lines down. We waited for a while.  Then a lot of nibbles started rolling in, the water was not very deep only about three meters, I could see the fish, lots of them.

Suddenly they all cleared out.  I thought they weren't keen but no! ... A much bigger fish came along! It took a big bite and I scrambled and struggled to pull it up. Finally I did it. ‍I called my dad over. He told me it was a massive blue cod - Yes! It flapped about and then it fell off the kayak!!!  I was so gutted! My dad couldn't believe it either …. Bad luck!!

As we paddled back to shore we had another awesome adventure. First we spotted a… penguin, swimming fast under the water.  I caught a quick glimpse of it - amazing, I was stunned. We huffed and puffed to the coastline and saw two stingrays - cool. I casually floated over them, they didn't seem to mind.

That fishing trip was amazing despite the one that got away.  I was so excited to tell my family about the adventure I’d just had. My Mum said “ Wow that must be annoying” then I told her about the stingrays and the penguin. She was stunned and in disbelief.

Overall that fishing trip was the best one of my life so far. I really wish I’d caught that massive fish.

You should always remember your childhood memories even if they’re painful, funny or humiliating. Memories are like films that you can play over and over again. Thank you for listening to my speech.

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