Fine fish that you can’t eat
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.