Rooster pop­pers an ex­cit­ing lure

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Wes Francks

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.

Pic­ture: Wes Francks

Tris­tan Francks with a queen­fish.

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