I was do­ing the ea­gle ray rock

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Harry Nor­man

THE most un­usual fish I ever caught was an ea­gle ray. That was in Porm­pu­raaw. We were in a boat, about the mid­dle of the day. There was a big run on, were grunter and queen­fish go­ing ev­ery­where.

We’d been there for an hour or so and we were catch­ing grunter and queen­fish, about a me­tre 10, a me­tre 15 each, but queen­fish don’t taste much good and we were let­ting about half of them go.

The be­gin­ning, when it hit, it was a lot like a queen­fish. It had a big run, prob­a­bly five min­utes with the reel scream­ing. Then we had to chase it around in the boat! That went on for two hours.

We sort of re­alised af­ter a while we had def­i­nitely out­done our­selves.

I was about 12 or so and I was ea­ger to catch what­ever I could, and this mon­ster fish was on the end and I thought it would be a great story.

Then we got it up and we could see it was an ea­gle ray.

Af­ter that I went to sleep for the rest of the day un­der an um­brella while ev­ery­one else did the fish­ing. I couldn’t han­dle it.

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