‘A poor man’s marlin’
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.”