Queen­fish could have done me in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Billy Brnovic

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

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