Reeling in massive bite
HAULING in a burly trevally would be a tough angling assignment at the best of times but fighting the monster fish from a windswept beach made the task nothing short of enormous for one Beachmere visitor.
The 30lb giant trevally fought the battle of its life last weekend, dragging his captor for 25 minutes and many metres along the north Fraser Island beach – but finally ending up as camp fire fish bites.
“The fish hit the lure about 20m from the shore and within minutes had most of my 250m of braid off the reel,” a still excited Boating Camping and Fishing training co-ordinator Justin Willmer said yesterday.
“It was a powerful fish that made a stack of long runs and used its broad body to hold in the current.
“After about a 25-minute battle of wills and plenty of changes of the rod angle to try and turn the fish's head I managed to bring it in with a wave about a kilometre from where I initially hooked it.”
GTs, as they're usually called, can grow to 70lb and are usually caught from a boat. It is rare to land a big one from a beach.
“Catching a GT from the beach is somewhat of a holy grail for beach anglers and I'm just stoked that I got an opportunity and actually landed the fish,” said Beachmere resident Justin, who's been fishing on Fraser for 25 years.
“A few of the boys from work went for the weekend and I decided to go for a quick afternoon flick by myself before the sun went down. On the second cast the fish absolutely smashed my metal lure and immediately went on a screaming run which had me chasing it down the beach trying not to lose all my line,” Justin said.
“After the initial run I was thinking mackerel or kingfish but the fight went for too long and when I finally landed it I couldn't believe the size of the GT. This is definitely my biggest fish from the beach and I am stoked because you can't control the fight like you can in a boat.”
Justin normally releases most of his fish, especially big ones.” But unfortunately after a lengthy fight on relatively light line I couldn't revive the fish. I carried it about 2km back to camp, swapping shoulders along the way.
“A friend filleted the fish and made fish bites for the whole camp.”
Now that's living, Justin.