No rest on trevally train

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

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.

Plen­ti­ful grunter

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 ,

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