Tuna kept fam­ily fed for days

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Chris Greenacre

WE’RE up from Mel­bourne for a week. Down there I fish rivers and lakes, but mostly off the piers down near Port Arlington.

The best fish I’ve ever caught is a 6 kg tuna off the Gold Coast. That was about 12 months ago, on a char­ter. It was a re­ally good fight. There was about eight peo­ple aboard, on a four-hour char­ter. We caught about 12 tuna that day. Half the peo­ple on­board were Brazil­ians and they were go­ing bananas. They said they would start drink­ing when they caught a big fish – so they started drink­ing about 7:30 in the morn­ing.

When I got this tuna on the line it was the best thing ever.I was think­ing, ‘what is this thing that is about to snap my rod?’ I had to feed out a lot of run and let it run.

The crew knew what to do and gave us lots of ad­vice.

I got a bit tired, it knocks the socks off you a bit. My pre­vi­ous big­gest fish was prob­a­bly about a kilo, so to catch some­thing six times that is a bit dif­fer­ent.

It took about five min­utes to get it to the boat.

I thought it was likely a tuna. And then when we got it in I could see it, and I thought ‘this is amaz­ing – some­one take a pic­ture so I can show my friends be­cause they will never be­lieve me’.

We took it home and it was beau­ti­ful. It was mag­nif­i­cent. It fed the fam­ily for a week, and even then we couldn’t get through it!

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