No rest on trevally train
BIG fish are stretching anglers’ lines to the limit when baits and lures are cast at several Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island hotspots.
UK visitor Ian Finlayson fished with countrymen Martin and Matt Shaw late last week to fool a mixed bag of tropical brawlers.
Setting baits wide of Magnetic Island, Finlayson hooked the bulk of the catch, his most challenging fish a giant trevally, while the f ather and son f i shing t eam watched on longingly.
The big trevally proved a fitting finale to a fish-filled day following a catch of large mouth nannygai, painted sweetlip, grassy sweetlip, gold spot cod, tuna and a host of lesser trevally species.
Finlayson said he let a live fusilier bait swim back to the depths from which it came wearing a stout 8/ 0 size hook and towing 50 pound class braid line.
The fusilier danced on the end of the Englishman’s line for only a short while before the big fish inhaled the bait.
The fight was a white-knuckled one-way affair in the early minutes as Finlayson struggled to maintain control of the notoriously tough fish.
Even as the boat was driven away from obvious structure detected on the bottom with the sonar, there were a handful of agonising moments when the fish nearly made good its bid for freedom.
The Aussie fish hurt Finlayson and it showed, while someone nearby was heard to quip, ‘‘ That’s for taking the Ashes mate!’’
The Pommy determination soon came to the fore and as Finlayson found rhythm and his pump-andwind routine flourished, the fish’s innings drew to a close.
Hauled aboard and cradled on Finlayson’s lap, he declared the trevally the biggest he’d ever caught before happily returning it to the water.
MEANWHILE, grunter or javelin f i s h , m a n g r o v e j a c k a n d barramundi are being encountered with regular monotony when land-based anglers try their luck at any number of spots.
Cape Pallarenda is giving up plenty of barra to anglers using both lures and live baits.
The flooding tides are yielding better according to sources who admit that anglers using live garfish baits seem to have an edge over those choosing alternative baits and lures.
Similar reports have filtered in from Three Mile Creek and Rowes Bay shallows, although mullet are first-choice bait in both locations.
Quality grunter are also being t a k e n a l o n g s i d e t h e b a r r a ,