Fish­ing at Four Mile is un­der­rated

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Dave Pate

THE bar­ra­mundi spawn­ing sea­son clo­sure took ef­fect on Novem­ber 1 and run un­til Fe­bru­ary 1. Barra ac­ci­den­tally caught dur­ing the clo­sure must be im­me­di­ately re­leased in a healthy con­di­tion. It is an of­fence to tar­get barra dur­ing this time. Ex­emp­tions are stocked wa­tereays up­stream of Ti­na­roo, Wu­ruma Dams, Lake Fred Trit­ton, Lake Gregory, Lake Mor­ris (Cop­per­lode Falls Dam), East Le­ich­hardt Dam and Bel­more, Corella, Julius and Moon­darra Lakes. WE fish Four Mile Beach of­ten, just down the end of Nau­tilus St.

It was 6 pm and I was there with my daugh­ter Jes­sica. We us­ing squid for bait. I cast out and the line soon had a hefty tug on it.

I said ‘here you go Jess, you can reel it in’. I went and sat down and had beer while this thing took her two or three hun­dred me­tres down the beach.

After a while she screamed out, ‘dad, it’s a barra’, and I ran down the beach and jumped in, think­ing she’s go­ing to lose it.

We got it up to the beach and a heap of peo­ple gath­ered around, and we took a few pho­tos and then put it back in the wa­ter.

Jess is only 15 so that’s def­i­nitely the big­gest fish she’s ever caught. It’s gone all over the place on face­book.

We like Four Mile. Once it goes dark the lit­tle sharks move in and they’re fun to catch. We load up the hooks with squid, look­ing for the sharks. I’ve seen some re­ally good fish get caught down there. We catch a lot there, but I’ve never seen a barra caught on squid. The old barra must have been hun­gry, be­cause that is very un­usual.

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