It’s all about strategy
I’M up here on holiday from Tully. I love my fishing, it’s too bad I haven’t caught much; I haven’t even gotten a nibble and I have live bait on!
I don’t get too frustrated though, I just like to relax and have a line in. Actually landing a fish is a bonus.
The best fish I’ve ever caught was a Spanish mackerel. It was about 1.5 metres out at Forty Foot, near Dunk Island.
It just took off and kept running. You can’t use too much drag with fish like that, we let them run and play them into the boat.
I was fighting it for about 25 minutes.
It’s great up here though, you get different species and it’s a different sort of fishing. You have to use tight drag whereas down south you have a light line and you have to play the fish.
I’m originally from Victoria and I love catching freshwater trout, they’re nice smoked.
I’d like to get out on the reef more often but it’s too windy.
I’ve never had my fish taxed by a shark but in Cooktown my barra got taken by a barracuda.
I used to head up the creeks in Tully but it’s getting a bit dangerous now, you can see 4.5 metre crocs in the waters and there’s too many of them.
Something needs to be done about crocs over 2m. They aren’t scared of anything anymore and they’re starting to come out to the ocean because there’s no room in the rivers.