fish was definitely confused – you might say it was
surprised to see us - not that it stayed around long enough
to appreciate the moment!
Fishing Lake Opuha last Sunday with
87 year old George Adams was a new experience for me. George
has the latest model - bells and whistles - hovercraft. It's
not your everyday pumped up toy. It's not what the trout expected
Occasionally we would go ashore .
. . a simple matter of driving the hovercraft overland, and
to return to the fishing we would cruise forward over the
dunes and back over the water in a fluid motion that touched
neither the land nor the water.
The trout - about 4 pounds - was
sunning itself close to the edge. I doubt it had ever seen
a boat-like machine approaching so fast from onshore, and
never an 80kph boat that had no bow wave.
That trout twisted and turned in
three different directions before realising that it was never
going to outrun the hovercraft, and when it made it's escape
towards deep water, it must have wondered why it wasn't chewed
up by a propeller.
Four fish landed and released was the
tally for the day, but none were the size of the "excited"
trout that will long have memories of a big yellow boat that
NO FOOTPRINTS: George Adams puts his hovercraft through
its paces at Lake Opuha recently
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