David's Download: Our Experience on the Great Barrier Reef
Living on a boat for a week and exploring the Great Barrier Reef has definitely
been one of the highlights of our year-long trip. The fishing, snorkeling,
and island-hopping was unbelievable!! It was an experience that I would do
all over again, even if it meant getting seasick and forgetting what it's
like to be on land!
Fishing on the Great Barrier Reef was something I was looking forward to
day dad booked the trip (a year in advance). Dad had told me story after story
about how great the fishing was and how much I would love it. There were so
many different ways of catching beautiful and tasty fish. You could troll
for mackerel and tuna, bottom fish for trout and red emperors, or spear fish
for anything you saw hidden in the coral.
Trolling from the boat and Zodiac was lots of fun. I will always remember
the day when the weather finally subsided and we were able to go to High Rock,
which had great snorkeling and fishing. It turned out that the captain was
understating what the fishing was really like at High Rock. We must have caught
seven huge fish within half an hour! It was crazy! If you didn't hear the
sudden "bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" of the reel spinning within five minutes
of putting the line out something was wrong. We caught Spanish mackerel, Rainbow
Runners, Shark Mackerel, and even Tuna!! It was great! We filled the fridge
with enough fish and bait to last a month!
Bottom fishing was also a lot of fun. You basically just had a spool of fishing
line with a hunk of squid or fish on the end. You let it sink to the bottom
and wait for the fish to hit. I caught a lot of things ranging from big pieces
of coral to four-foot white tip sharks!!
snorkeling was unbelievable. I can't say enough about it. I know that Dad,
Katie and I have all written a lot about the reef, but it is truly amazing.
One of the things that I found to be really cool besides what you see in the
water was how the reef looked from the outside. You are in the middle of the
ocean with no land in sight, when suddenly you are surrounded by patches of
bright green water. Islands surrounded by reef pop out in the distance from
nowhere! Even though you are so far out at sea, the water is very shallow
and as warm as a bath! Literally, you don't even have to get used to the water
it is so warm. I love it when you just get in the water, put your mask in,
and dip your head in. The sensation is incredible as you peer down into this
magnificent underwater world!
Of course the only way you can really understand what the reef is all about
is by seeing it for yourself. The beauty of this World Wonder can not be described