Co­bia was some­thing dif­fer­ent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Ben Macherey

THE trick to catch­ing Span­ish mack­erel is to make sure your lure goes where the fish are – near the bot­tom. Lots of fishos trawl along the sur­face and won­der why it doesn’t work. “Mack­erel spend 90 per cent of their lives on the bot­tom,” says Matt Gra­ham at Brans­ford’s. He ad­vises to put your boat in neu­tral, drop in your line with a skirted Wog­head lure bear­ing a fresh garfish bait, or some sink­ing-type lure, and wait for it to hit bot­tom. Then pro­ceed at 5 knots. WE’RE from Trier in Ger­many and we are al­ways here in Aus­tralia when it’s our sum­mer hol­i­days.

My dad comes out on busi­ness so I come too and I’ve been here a lot. We al­ways do a lot of fish­ing when we come here.

One time I caught a caught a big queen­fish, 1.5 me­tres. That was two years ago here in the Far North. I was us­ing a lure.

This week we were in Broome and we went fish­ing there for GTs and other fish like Span­ish mack­erel.

We caught a lot of fish. It was the first time I have caught a co­bia. They hit hard and then run. I knew I had a big fish.

At first I thought it was a shark be­cause all I saw was the top of it, and I have caught sharks be­fore – one time a 250kg shark, two years agao when I was 7.

This co­bia got tired af­ter about seven min­utes and I could reel him in.

It was about 1 me­tre, and 11 kg. They are good to eat. I was pretty happy with the whole thing.

Be­fore, I have caught queen­fish, one time a sail­fish was on but got away, and big bar­ra­mundi.

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