Mackerel a nice way to get started
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.