Tai­lor off the rocks, at night

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Glenn Nata­mauan

TH­ESE souther­lies and south east­er­lies are mak­ing a mess of the in­shore wa­ters. Turgid and with lots of sea­wood, it’s a chal­lenge. Smart fishos will know that it comes down to us­ing their tar­get fish’s sense of smell. So for­get about lures. Think about bait that pro­duces a good scent, such as live bait, prawns or a slab of mul­let or garfish. Let the fish come to you. It’s where those fishos who do the best prepa­ra­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion will catch the most fish. I grew up in the Philip­pines and mi­grated to live in Syd­ney four years ago. We’re up here for a week.

Down in Syd­ney I like to do night fish­ing off the head­land at Cronulla.

It’s un­be­liev­able – there’s a fish­er­man on the rock ledge all the way along about one me­tre apart. It’s like a queue. You don’t want to lose your place, and you have to make sure to cast your line straight!

About two years ago I was fish­ing off those rocks one night.

They are high up, about 6 me­tres above the wa­ter.

We all knew there was a group of fish com­ing along be­cause we could see the guy right at the end of the group pulling one in, and then the next guy, and so on.

And then I felt a big strike on my line.

I didn’t know what it was, so I let it play out a lit­tle bit. I had very strong line but I was be­ing very care­ful be­cause I didn’t want that fish to break off.

It kept jump­ing out of the wa­ter.

I was very ex­cited but I knew I had to stay calm and do it right.

Af­ter about 10 min­utes I had it up on the rocks.

I didn’t know what it was and I had to ask an­other guy. It was a tai­lor, a big one.

They can be OK to eat. They have soft flesh so you don’t use it for soups or any­thing.

It’s best as fish and chips, and that’s what I did.

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