Mack­erel a nice way to get started

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Yung Noh

WITH dol­phin­fish around in good num­bers, a few fishos may have them on their tar­get list. Troll small mar­lin push­ers, says Troy at Brans­fords Tackle. These are skirted lures which you need to troll a bit faster than your usual big lure.

Though some are de­signed to troll a bit slower – your soft­heads, for ex­am­ple — you will gen­er­ally need to troll a bit quicker, say, 8-15 knot for dol­phin­fish. I moved to Aus­tralia from Korea about six years, and re­cently moved to Port Dou­glas. It’s very nice. I just started fish­ing since I moved to Port. Got my­self some fish­ing rods and ev­ery­thing.

I like sit­ting by the wa­ter, watch­ing the boats come in, feel­ing the breeze, re­lax­ing . . .

I’m a be­gin­ner and I haven’t caught much.

But two days ago I caught a 60cm Span­ish mack­erel.

It was in the af­ter­noon, about an hour be­fore high tide, off the Sugar Wharf.

I was us­ing prawn for bait, and some­times chicken.

It had a cou­ple of goes at the bait, and then it hit and I knew I had some­thing. It felt like a lot!

It didn’t take long to get in. For­tu­nately my friend had a net and we went down the steps and got the fish. I was very ex­cited.

We took it home and cooked it. It was re­ally nice, so ten­der. My part­ner is a chef and she did a re­ally good job.

I don’t fish that of­ten, but it’s re­ally nice, a great way to re­lax.

And if I catch any­thing it makes me re­ally happy.

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