The time together
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.