I was doing the eagle ray rock
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.