King­fish gave me a battle royal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Travis Gooch

MY best was a king­fish back home in new Zealand.

they’re big solid They put a good fight.

That was just over a year ago. We fish­ing in a mate’s lit­tle dinghy on the east coast of the North Is­land.

They were school­ing that day and we found a bunch of them. We ended up hook­ing seven or eight of them in the space of a cou­ple of hours.

The big one I got was more than a me­tre – it took up a lot of space in that lit­tle boat.

It was heavy on the line and I got pulled around a bit. One guy al­most got pulled off the boat.

Ev­ery­one goes for them be­cause they are good fight­ing fish. They take off, they run, and you have to let them run a bit. It took about 10 min­utes to get it in.

We went back in and told our mates who didn’t be­lieve us at first but then they saw our fish, so we took them straight back out. We call it Spot X.

A few days later we got a few more. things.

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