The time to­gether

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Nick Carr

DOWN in Mel­bourne I used to go fish­ing with my fa­ther when I was lit­tle. Now I’m here in Port Dou­glas teach­ing my kid how to fish. It’s the time to­gether that’s im­por­tant.

There were a few decades when I didn’t do any fish­ing but now I’m back fish­ing again so I can have that time with my son. That’s a great thing about fish­ing. It’s more about the time than the fish, in the end.

With my fa­ther we used to fish in Port Phillip Bay out of a tin­nie. We al­ways went for snap­per, but you’d have to very lucky to get one of those. For­tu­nately we had the very com­mon flat­head ev­ery­where – beau­ti­ful eat­ing but not that much fun to catch.

We’d also get banjo sharks and of course a lot of brim and all that.

I re­mem­ber one time I was on a han­d­line and I caught an oc­to­pus. it was bloody heavy and it was go­ing all over the place. I was pretty ex­cited. I was about 10.

Try­ing to pull in an oc­to­pus on a han­d­line was pretty hard.

I can’t re­mem­ber how long it took, but prob­a­bly about 10 min­utes. When I got it be­side the boat it just broke the line as soon it was out of the wa­ter.

It prob­a­bly looked a bit big­ger than it was, but it was pretty ex­ten­sive. So that was a bit of fun.

Other than that my main mem­o­ries are of banjo sharks. As a lit­tle kid if you catch shark that’s pretty cool. They have that stingray-like shape at the front, so they can re­ally push against you.

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