A de­cent whit­ing for day afloat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Todd Cochrane

I do a lot of fish­ing off Mel­bourne, ei­ther in the bay or out in the ocean. We have a 6m boat and we go out a lot.

We are mainly catch­ing gummy shark and snap­per, they’re our favourites.

One of the best fish I’ve caught was a 5½ foot gummy shark. We catch one most trips we go on.

Some­times we get the odd whit­ing and flat­head.

Ac­tu­ally I caught a re­ally good whit­ing a few weeks ago. It was 55 cm which is one of the big­gest we’ve seen.

Usu­ally they don’t get that big, or at least we don’t catch them if they do.

I caught that big one with a lit­tle bit of prawn.

We were in the bay just next to the Philip Is­land bridge. It was just on dusk and we were about to go home but

I just had one last cast and as I was wind­ing I pulled in this very de­cent fish, just off the banks about 100 me­tres off shore.

We cooked it up for din­ner – it was real nice, it fed a few of us.

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