It’s all about strat­egy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Tony Caces

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.

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