kayak4youth journey Day 4

Andy with his tuna and Va-i-moana Seaside Lodge Owner Saleimoa Vaai

Andy with his tuna and Va-i-moana Seaside Lodge Owner Saleimoa Vaai

Day 4 – Shimano Leg – Le Logoto Resort to Va-i-moana Seaside Lodge

Here we are at the end of Day 4 – the Shimano Leg of the journey – and so far so good.

The morning started out with a phone call from the Samoa Police Commissioner Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo which really touched me. To have the Police Commissioner of a country call you up to wish you well and tell you he supports you 100 per cent – that sets the day up pretty well. He is a good man with a good heart.

This was followed by a visit by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Reverend Silele paying us a visit. He dropped into the resort to wish me luck sand said a prayer for me. I am telling you these sorts of morning boosts are better than coffee.

However, as they say the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray, and that was Day 4 for Kayak4Youth.

As we got ready to leave for the day the tide escaped us which meant we couldn’t get over the reef. This meant a late morning start. With such a good start to the morning we took the leaving time in our stride and hit the water at around 11.30am.

I am not going to lie, this leg was tough – with five hours of paddling and only two short bursts of wind to spur me on. I worked it out after dinner that I paddle 6,000 an hour – not too shabby. After the teething problems earlier with the peddles (as with all new equipment), it seems I have now broken them in and they are working well with me. Again a shout out to Hobie Kayaks!

Peddling from Le Logoto Resort in Fangamalo to Vaimoana Resort in Asau Bay I was again greeted with spectacular coastline consisting of sea caves and blowholes. Due to the late start my goal was to get to Asau Bay before dark as I had never passed through the Asau Channel before.

A few kilometres before the channel I was absolutely exhausted. It was then I saw hundreds of birds, which meant fish, and got a second wind. I then spent the next half hour paddling and sailing around the birds with a line in the water. This paid off as I hooked a six kilo dog tooth tuna that wasn’t going to give up without a fight.

It was then I realised I was drifting dangerously close to the reef while at the same time a storm blew in. I knew I didn’t have time to bring the fish aboard so I let it trail behind the kayak as I paddled up to the beach.

It wasn’t until I pulled the fish up on the shore that I noticed the teeth mark on it. That only meant one thing – a shark had a go at him while I had him hooked and trailing a few metres behind my kayak.

It was good to bring dinner in though, especially on this the Shimano leg of the journey (thanks again Shimano). The only thing that made it better was being able to share my catch with friends.

I will say this – it really completed the day when the Faataua Le Ola outreach crew showed up and stayed for dinner. That really topped off what was already a great day.

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