Fish were ev­ery­where

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Adam Ramirez

I’M orig­i­nally from Texas and moved up here from Mel­bourne about six months ago.

Back in Texas we do a lot of bay fish­ing – what you call es­tu­ary fish­ing here. We go after trout or red­fish, which is a type of drum fish. It’s just a big fish which gives you a good fight. it’s a tro­phy fish re­ally.

The best mem­ory I have is of some red­fish which I caught with my brother dur­ing a fish­ing tour­na­ment.

They nor­mally school up in Oc­to­ber, thou­sands and thou­sands of fish.

We were just sit­ting there in a boat, close to shore and in shal­low wa­ter in Port Aranches, Texas, when they just came up out of nowhere.

It was a calm morn­ing, about 10 am. We were look­ing to­ward the shore, with the open bay be­hind us.

We turned around and the wa­ter was just ex­plod­ing be­hind us. There were fish jump­ing out of the wa­ter.

We got into them big time. They call it buf­falo hunt­ing be­cause you reel into it, hook one up, bring it into the boat, reel again, hook an­other one . . .

The boat driver is look­ing for the front of the school and makes sure to put the boat in front of it and wait for the fish to come to the boat. Ex­cite­ment for about an hour!

Just jam packed fun. They’re about 28 inches, and the big­gest was 32 inches, which is a good size red­fish.

My big­gest fish here was about a month ago – a 2 me­tre shark off here.

He was thrash­ing around and broke me off.

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