Whop­per just misses world mark

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas char­ter fish­ing boat

has reeled in a near record Span­ish mack­erel on the outer reef.

The catch was landed near Tongue Reef last Fri­day on 10kg class line with a fusilier live bait, tip­ping the scales at a whop­ping 36.5kg, just shy of the 42kg world record mack­erel caught off South Africa.

“It wound the line around the an­chor chain as we were pulling it in,” Cairns fish­er­man Brian Elmer said af­ter strug­gling to hold the fish up for the tro­phy photo when the boat moored at the ma­rina.

Brian and Mark Lil­ley from Brighton in Mel­bourne held their hands up as the an­glers who landed this 1.7m-long once-in-a-life time catch.

“Steve, the skip­per, rang in to say he thought they had a mack­erel that could equal the world record in size and we’d bet­ter get the scales ready when they came in,” man­ag­ing agent Lin­ton (Heff) Hef­fer said.

For a mon­ster fish, Heff said the mack­erel didn’t play up much.

“Mack­erel nor­mally shoot off across the sur­face, but this one im­me­di­ately went deep,” he said.

“He wrapped around the an­chor about 10 times and when the boys lifted the an­chor and started to un­wind the rod they re­alised he was a big one. Mack­erel usu­ally start run­ning in the cooler months and I reckon this one was a big res­i­dent of the reef, it wasn’t pass­ing through.

“It was a once-in-a-life­time fish, I doubt any of the boys on the boat will ever see a mack­erel that size again.”

For the week­end war­riors who fancy their chances of snatch­ing the mack­erel’s big brother, Heff of­fered up a cou­ple of tips.

“You have to use live bait and I rec­om­mend fusilier, mack­erel can’t refuse them,” he said.

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