Mem­o­rable mon­ster mack­erel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shan­non Parkes

I was off the coast of Cook­town one evening, about six years ago, and man­aged to reel in a 55kg Span­ish mack­erel.

There were about five of us chas­ing red em­peror, but we weren’t hav­ing much luck.

All of a sud­den my line just took off, and ev­ery­one thought it must have been a shark.

Even­tu­ally, af­ter strug­gling for about half an hour, the fish’s head came up – we all nearly fainted when we saw how big it was! It took three of us to haul it into the boat.

I’ll never for­get that day, but my favourite fish­ing spot would have to be around Snap­per Is­land (20km north of Port Dou­glas) – it’s a beaut place.

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