Whopper just misses world mark
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.