Al­ways up for some com­pe­ti­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Marvin Roettger

LOOK­ING for an ef­fec­tive way to catch that pesky bar­ra­mundi or fin­ger­mark? Look no fur­ther than the Berkley Gulp 7” Jerk Shad. This soft plas­tic lure, when jigged, proves ef­fec­tive with al­most any fish that swims past. It’s ir­re­sistible. It can be rigged with a stan­dard jig head or weed­less and it’s scented to at­tract a fish, just like us­ing bait. These jerk shads are flex­i­ble in that they can work the en­tire wa­ter col­umn and is an ad­van­tage over hard bod­ied lures. I do a lot of fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions back home in Ger­many and my spon­sor is the big­gest fish­ing tackle com­pany in Ger­many.

We use a pole, which is a car­bon rod up to 16 me­tres long, but there’s no reel on it.

We use a lot of ground bait and do feeder fish­ing, so you have a smooth hook and go fish­ing for bream and carp. It’s just lakes and rivers. You go fish­ing for five hours in a com­pe­ti­tion and at the end you weigh all of your catch. The win­ner is the most weight of fish.

It’s not just like sit­ting and hav­ing a beer and catch­ing a fish.

Four or five guys in Ger­many are pro­fes­sion­als and this is a big sport in Europe.

I’ve been do­ing it for two years. My grand­fa­ther was very good at this and he taught me a lot. Af­ter a while you learn a lot, you meet bet­ter peo­ple than you and keep learn­ing and get­ting bet­ter.

You never learn enough about fish­ing, not even if you’re 60 years, there’s al­ways more. Knowl­edge makes the cham­pi­ons.

In a com­pe­ti­tion only about 20 per cent is luck, which is mainly what spot you are given to fish from. You don’t want a spot in the mid­dle of the line up. You have num­bers from 1 to 50, so num­ber 25 is not the best thing.

The best fish I have caught here was a shov­el­nose ray at Palm Cove.

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