Queen­fish put on a real show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Lee Sal­is­bury

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.

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