‘A poor man’s mar­lin’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SteveBled­soe

SHI­MANO has re­leased the en­try to mid-price level Cae­nan Bait­cast Reel, with barra in mind. It fea­tures four S A-RB bear­ing and brake per­for­mance tech­nolo­gies known for their con­sis­tency, SVS In­fin­ity and VBS (Vari­able Brake Sys­tem). The new SVS In­fin­ity has 4-6 set­tings and an ad­justable brake dial to pro­vide an­glers with a wider, more pre­cise range. It has a a bal­anced and thin-walled spool that re­duces vi­bra­tions, and com­fort­able EVA grips. STEVE Bled­soe, of Boise, Idaho, dropped into Port Dou­glas as part of ex­ten­sive Asian trip. Fish­ing off the Su­gar Wharf, where he caught four rays last week, a trevally, mo­ray eel and a few other things, re­minds him a bit of back home.

He’s fished the Snake River many time in the past 40 year, about an hour away from his home. It’s a habi­tat of the renowned white stur­geon, a species that is now rare and pro­tected and which com­monly grows to a bit over 2m.

So when Steve hooked a 3 me­tre stur­geon it was some­thing very spe­cial.

‘It was about 20 years ago,” he says. “The Snake River looks a like this [Dick­son In­let]. Quite broad and slow mov­ing. Stur­geon are bot­tom feed­ers so you need to let your bait sink to the bot­tom on a 3ounce weight. You need to be in the deep­est part of the chan­nel, about 40 feet deep. They feed nose down and sort of suck matter from the bot­tom and see if they like it, if not they spit it out. Be­cause of that they don’t strike hard, it feels more like a trout.

“They’re pro­tected and you’re not al­lowed to use hooks. This one took about an hour to get up to our boat, it was hard work. One time it leapt out of the water – that’s why I call it a poor man’s mar­lin. With a friend one time we hooked a big one at noon and lost it at 4:30 and never once saw the fish.”

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