Fine fish that you can’t eat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Les Dormer

I used to do a fair bit of fish­ing back home [in south­ern Eng­land], mostly spin­ning for pike.

The best fish I ever caught was a bar­racuda, about six foot long. That was about 20 years ago, off Swains Reef near Glad­stone.

We were just trolling, in the early morn­ing. There were two of us in a dory off the moth­er­ship - it was a char­ter.

I think I was us­ing about 50 lb mono. We’d been fish­ing about 10 min­utes when it hit. I thought it was a big mack­erel.

It felt fan­tas­tic, thrash­ing around, fight­ing like crazy. They take off, go real hard.

I just let him go. You let them have their first big run and hope­fully slow them down and work them to the bit.

It felt like for­ever but it was prob­a­bly only about 10 min­utes.

When I first saw him I thought ‘what a mon­ster’. I wasn’t sure what it was - I’d never caught one be­fore.

But they’re not good eat­ing. They’re shock­ing. But it sticks in my mind. It’s funny -- we’d been catch­ing all sorts of great fish -red em­peror and so on -- but I re­mem­ber this one es­pe­cially. and you can’t even eat them.

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