Teacher bags a big croc
ONE school teacher will be the centre of “show and tell” when he returns to school on Monday and shows offs about a crocodile encounter that almost ended in tears.
While enjoying the school holidays Jamie Finger, a Grade 6 primary school teacher, loves nothing better than to go fishing off the old Mowbray Bridge about 15km from Port Douglas.
But last Wednesday, he got the shock of his life when a 2m crocodile latched on to his line which was baited with a green banana prawn from the supermarket because he thought they were tastier than bait prawns.
“I have seen a number of crocs in the wild before but this is the first time that I have ever caught one - it was such an adrenalin rush,” Mr Finger said.
“I saw it just below the surface when I threw my line into the river and then bang it hit the bait and took it and it then started to move off and so I increased the drag on my line and when I did this it surfaced and went into a death roll and then ’spat out’ the hook and sinker and the bait.”
Mr Finger said he had also been at his favourite fishing hole the day before and saw two crocs about the same size as the one he caught, but on Tuesday he was happy to bag some barra, black brim, sand bass and a tasty mud crab.
“On Tuesday when I netted my nice little haul of fish I threw most of them back because my freezer is full of fish but I kept the mud crab because I worked hard to land that because it had grabbed the bait on the rod and so I had to wind it in very slowly so as not to make it let go and it didn’t,” he said.
As well as being able to snap off a couple of pictures of the croc he caught as “evidence” Mr Finger also managed to take a video of the croc to prove he had caught it and that his day out was not just another fishy tale.
“After catching the croc, getting pictures was my next priority so that I had evidence to prove I had caught the croc and I managed to get a video of it before it finally swam off,” Mr Finger said.
And will he be going back anytime soon?
“I sure will, it’s a top fishing hole but I think I’ll keep fishing from the bridge as it will be a lot safer than fishing from the bank - you don’t know what is lurking just beneath the surface do you?” Mr Finger said.