Rooster poppers an exciting lure
Easter has come and gone, and by all reports the fishing in Broome really turned it on, with some good numbers of threadfin being whispered about over a couple of cold beers around the Broome Fishing Club.
I also know a few locals headed up to the river targeting barramundi and cherubin with some good results.
We, however, targeted pelagic fish on surface lures with some good results and a few disasters thrown in — most of which happened to yours truly.
Somehow I managed to get a treble hook stuck in the top of my right ear.
Fortunately the barb didn’t make it under the skin so the injury was not as bad as I have previously encountered.
We managed to catch several queenfish around the metre mark on Halco rooster poppers.
This style of fishing is very visual.
You can see fish stalking your lure while on the retrieve and your adrenalin really gets pumping as these very aggressive fish dart around your lure, and then they smash into it and all hell breaks loose.
The aerial action from these fish is nothing short of sensational — something all anglers should target as a sport fish.
We also had a large school of golden trevally follow the boat for a good 15 minutes and I can tell you it was pandemonium, with constant strikes and the water boiling around our lures.
At times we had double hookups with a fish on each treble.
If you want to have a go at this very exciting style of fishing, I recommend you get yourself a good set of polarised sunglasses as they will help you spot the fish at a decent distance from the boat, eliminating the spook factor and increasing your hook-ups dramatically. That’s it from me this week. Tight lines to all.
Wes Francks is a committee member and former president of the Broome Fishing Club.
Tristan Francks with a queenfish.