Giant test of endurance
Plucky brothers take turns to reel in feisty monster trevally
BROTHERS Edward and Sam Rosatto took turns in battle with a thumping giant trevally they hooked early this week while fishing between the Townsville harbour and Magnetic Island’s Picnic Bay.
Father Reno Rosatto watched on with quiet pride as his grown sons heaved against an adversary determined to make good its freedom among the barnacled pylons of the shipping channel.
The trio had been fishing for school or doggie mackerel when the big fish hit, and it was fortunate that the fish’s initial run was deep into the channel where little structure threatened to break the line.
Edward gladly passed the rod to Sam following a torturous 10 or so minutes where a heavy drag setting took toll on both angler and fish.
Sam was equally determined to steer the fish from a path tracing a direct route to the navigational pylons marking the eastern and opposing edge of the channel.
His brother’s efforts were appreciated by Edward when given back the rod, the fish still surging deep in the bowels of the channel, but much more predictable and far from the threatening pylons.
Patience and skilful rod work drew the solid fish to the surface where it was duly tailed, lifted aboard for a few photographs and gladly given its freedom.
The Rosattos recognised the big GT’s second- rate table quality hardly compared to a mixed bag of fingermark, mackerel and gold spot cod already chilling in the icebox. Weather’s off, again THE weather gods are angry again and I reckon it’s about time they took a chill pill.
Weekend boating forecasts are less than ideal for offshore anglers and inshore punters might do well to plan fishing within sheltered waters inside Cape Cleveland or close to Maggie Island.
At least there seems plenty of doggie mackerel at hand in sheltered and shallow waters.
Large tides on the back of this evening’s full moon will render many regional boat ramps unusable during mid to late afternoon low tide periods of less than half a metre ( both days this weekend) and the tidal surge considered by many as extreme during the evenings when waters hit 3.7m and 3.6m respectively.
Land- based anglers could benefit from the extreme tides when they seek baits including yabbies and prawn during the ebb tides before presenting them on fine hooks and light lines during the flood tide.
Whiting and flathead remain reliable catches at Bushland and Toolakea beaches, while Burdekin hotspot Alva Beach is certain to be well fished. A handful of enterprising young anglers might well be found scouring the rock walls during the lowest of the tides collecting snagged sinkers and lures lost by those fishing during larger tides.
Exposed ground below Aplins Weir is a popular place for a bit of tackle prospecting during the lowest tides of the lunar cycle. The goss on spanish SPANISH mackerel catches have proven far from consistent when anglers drag their baits and lures near popular shoal areas wide of both Halifax and Bowling Green bays; however, they remain a nearcertain catch when anglers drift baits astern while anchored near favourite reefs.
Brittomart, Bramble and Keeper reefs have all given up bag- limit catches to anglers who might be happy to cast a garfish bait out the back and let it be while continuing to fish for classy table fish including coral trout and redthroat emperor.
Some anglers said they were prepared to sacrifice a couple of fish to sharks when they used a little berley to attract the mackerel to the baits, the sharks often proving the first at the dinner table once the berley was dispensed.
Inshore mackerel seem mostly an afternoon proposition when anglers fish close to Cape Cleveland.
Wolf herring baits continue to account for the largest mackerel while garfish and pilchard offerings are often attracting less desired fare such as queenfish and trevally.
Andrew Mills said he caught a brace of spanish mackerel when he towed baits close to the eastern face of Twenty Foot Rock during favourable weather conditions early this week.
The fish each weighed about 14kg and fell to wolf herring baits pinned to Chin Guards rigs about an hour before dark. Challenge lures anglers MORE than $ 50,000 in cash and prizes will reward successful anglers competing in this year’s Mike Carney Toyota Billfish Challenge.
Hosted by the Townsville Game Fishing Club, the prestigious fourday ( September 1- 5) tag and release tournament is set to attract anglers from across the country in pursuit of small black marlin and sailfish within fish- rich waters wide of Townsville.
Bowling Green Bay was once a world- renowned billfish ground, its heyday back in the early ’ 80s when hundreds of juvenile marlin and pacific sailfish would be encountered by competitors during the tournament.
Fast forward 30- something years and the popular game fishing grounds continue to give up good numbers of game fish species, including billfish, but unfortunately not in the exciting numbers of yesteryear.
Accumulative points are awarded for billfish tagged and released throughout the tournament, with winning anglers securing large cash prizes at tournament’s end while other gamefish species including mackerel, tuna and cobia might be weighed to determine daily cash prizes.
Nomination forms and tournament brochure is available at tgfc. org
BATTLE ROYALE: Brothers Edward ( left) and Sam Rosatto show off their big catch before releasing it back into the shipping channel.