How I just about had a reef boat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WE’RE stay­ing up here, from Mel­bourne.

My best fish was the first snap­per that I caught. We were out in Port Phillip Bay, four or five years ago. You get some pretty big ones around there. This one was only about 4.5 kg but it was the best fish I ever caught. I’ve seen pic­tures of 10 or 11 kilo snap­per pulled out of there. There they’re the sought after fish.

We were in a Haines Hunter 4.8m.

It put up a good fight, took me about 15 min­utes to get it in. Not the big­gest fish but def­i­nitely the best. The big­gest is prob­a­bly some sort of carp up on the Mur­ray where we tend have fam­ily hol­i­days.

The big­gest one that got away was just here at Dick­son In­let an hour ago – I got a big bite and this thing just ran and ran. I couldn’t do any­thing but let it run.No mat­ter what I did, tight­ened it right up, it just kept go­ing – shark prob­a­bly.

Then one of the big reef boats came along and we got snagged on that. So I was at­tached to a cata­ma­ran.

And then the line was cut and that was it.

TOP: This gen­tle­man was pretty happy with the gold spot trevally he caught with Out­ra­geous Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures in Port Dou­glas. MID­DLE: Mark with a chi­na­man, caught with Cook­town Barra Charters. BOT­TOM: Ron with a fin­ger­mark, caught with Cook­town Barra.

Josh Walker

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