Ken Bourke’s 7 day trip to the Swains Reef - 24th July – 3rd August 2013

The trip was fantastic as was the one we went on last year. The weather probably not as good but the fishing just as good, which is why we are there after all.

I must however compliment the crew on the boat. Greg, Kane, Josh and Swerve were fantastic. Greg’s knowledge of the sea and of fishing is second to none in my experience, Kane and Josh just couldn’t help each of us enough and Swerve’s cooking and companionship was also great. No-one that was on our trip has said anything negative about it but we have had plenty of good things said in the post mortem.

In particular, since I was the fool that injured myself by dropping a fish on my leg (do you believe it), I must thank the crew for helping me out in that circumstance. They simply dropped everything and made sure that the correct action was taken and as a result I have had no problem at all with the leg apart from leaving a few scars of course, which is not a bad thing because I told everyone I was bitten by a shark and have got a fair bit of mileage out of it.

Anyway, thanks again for the trip. We intend to be in touch with you about another trip next year so I will do some work on getting a team together.

Ken Bourke

Swains Reef - Awesome Time

Dear Kristy and the staff of the Booby Bird,

I just want to say what an awesome time all 16 of us had on our trip from the 10th-17th August 2013 aboard the “Bird” to Swains reef. Every one of us, aged between 19 through to 60+ said it was a trip of a life time. From the moment we stepped on the boat we knew we were in safe hands and that we were going to have some fun.

Our living quarters were extremely comfortable with good sized rooms and were all Air-conditioned, as us down south are not as used to your beautiful winter weather (sunburn in august – not heard of down here!!) To our crew Greg (the skipper), Swerve (the cook) and our two deckie’s Kane and Josh we would all like to thank you so much.

You all went out of your way to make our trip so memorable and enjoyable.

Greg always had us on the fish (whether we were fishing or not!!) and the food Swerve served up was awesome (no one complained of being hungry with whole trip). Our deckie’s Kane and Josh were always willing to help with rigs and advice and were diligent in keeping the boat clean and our fish filleted all with a laugh and a joke. Definitely our crew mad our trip.

So on behalf of all of us we thank you all so much and will be telling all our mates that
“The bird is the word” Thankyou staff of the Booby Bird.

(Oh p.s Swerve go the blues)

Thanks Luke