Queenfish could have done me in
PERMIT are one of the prize fish caught by fly fishermen, says Tom Nevins of Cooktown Barra Charters. Generally not eaten but he finds them great on a plate in fact. They eat crabs , yabbies and shrimp. The fly fishermen try to make their flies to look like the things they eat. You can catch them on bait using yabbies with small hooks and light leader. They are caught on shallow sand flats and gutters in rivers or around reef flats and sand cays. I live in Victoria and I’m travelling around now; I’ve been in Port about six days. I first came here in 1972. I dropped into town four years ago to have lunch and stayed two months. It’s a paradise.
If I retired somewhere would be here.
It’s not just the fishing, it’s the atmosphere the friendliness of the people and there’s no rushing.
Last year I did a lot of fishing up at Karumba. I caught a big queenfish – the feeling was unbelievable. You don’t see a fish like that in Melbourne!
They give you a big, big fight. They’re quite a flat fish and they pull to the side all the time and you have to have your wits about you.
You can’t use heavy line, they won’t take it.
I saw it hit the lure, big splash, and I thought “god, I’m on”. I knew what it was.
It took about 20 minutes to get that one in – fantastic.
It went everywhere, under the boat, everywhere.
And I was a bit concerned about it because 13 years ago I had a cardiac arrest and was dead for five minutes and four days in a coma, so I have to be careful what I do.
So the queenfish could have finished me off. But what a way to go! it