It’s al­ways a mixed bag here

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Mark Nolan

THE best fish I’ve ever caught at this spot would be a whop­ping man­grove jack. It’s funny be­cause we sit here with our­rods and peo­ple will tell us we’d catch noth­ing here. But here comes this 45 cm jack, it put up a good fight, they hit hard and take off. It def­i­nitely bent the rod a lit­tle bit. When I got it close to the shore it tried to run into the rocks to un­hook it­self. A fish­ing char­ter was go­ing by as I pulled the jack in and I could here them all clap­ping and cheer­ing. It’s al­ways fun fish­ing up here. There’s such a va­ri­ety up here. We’ve caught bar­racuda, trevally, queen­fish, floun­der, a few eels and a stingray. Catch­ing the stingray was good fun. It put up a good fight and when I got him close it tried to bury it­self in the mud. I had to get him up on the rocks and wait for him to set­tle down to get the hook out. I wasn’t too ner­vous, I just had to watch the tail. The life in this es­tu­ary is beau­ti­ful. Some­times it gets a bit quiet when we’re here so we just sit and watch the boats go by. This is a great spot. My old favourite spot used to be the bridge at the Mow­bray. I’m hop­ing the coun­cil put the bridge back so we can fish there again. We’re here on hol­i­day from Perth; we try and come to Port ev­ery year. In Perth it’s mostly beach fish­ing for tai­lor fish and her­ring. They don’t have the wa­ter sys­tems like they do here. When I fish up here I make sure I have thick trace on! All the fish here have nice teeth.

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