Queenfish put on a real show
THERE are many variations available in hooks and rigs that allow soft plastics to be rigged weedless. By rigging these lures weedless it allows them to be cast deep into heavy timber, weed and structure. It also ensures they are in the hot strike zone which may not be possible with exposed hook rigs. Admittedly weedless rigs have a slightly reduced hook up percentage but that is well and truly compensated by multiple strikes not normally achieved. I’M from Perth, touring around the country with just a motorbike. I can pack up my rod and carry it on the bike.
I used to do a lot of fly fishing in the UK as a kid, but I don’t do that here. I had a little boat in WA, which was nice.
Queenies are just about my favourite fish. I’ve had a few off Coral Bay, which is way, way north of Perth.
It’s a nice spot. Ningaloo Reef is right there. Beautiful. You just walk off the beach.
I was about 30 km north at a place called the Sand Bar.
You just wade out. It’s about a metre deep. I’ve been there a lot. About two years ago I was fishing there for queenfish.
We went over sand tracks and everything.
It was a bit of a mission to get there.
It was mid-morning and I was using a popper when I got this strike.
Queenies are pretty acrobatic.
They jump about and spin, do anything to shake you off – I do like the surface strikes!
They are one of the best fighting fish. They come right out of the water.
To be honest, I’ve lost a fair few queenies over the years so I knew to drop the drag right off and just take my time.
It took about 10 minutes to get him in.
I was really happy. Then I let him go.