Fishing etiquette to navigate salty waters

Wayne FoleyBroome Advertiser
Wayne Foley with a 73cm fingermark.
Camera IconWayne Foley with a 73cm fingermark.

When it comes to fishing with mates, surely there has to be some kind of etiquette.

I mean let’s say you and a couple of mates pull up to one of your favourite spots.

One of your friends asks to borrow your rod. You’re using another rod with bait, and the friend wants to use the one rigged with a lure.

You haven’t even got yours in the water yet and suddenly your mate hooks up to a huge barra. Now most of us can swallow that, but your mate gets you to unhook the big barra and as soon as the lure is out, he throws it back in and immediately hooks up again, this time with an even bigger fish. You have to ask yourself, is this taking your friendship a little too far?

Some folks would have thrown him over the side of the boat straight away, but friends are friends, and after grabbing the rod off him I cost it myself, hooking up to the third barra in as many minutes, probably saving him from being eaten by the big croc that wasn’t too far from the boat.

After six more casts and six more, all a good size and all that beautiful chrome that is a saltwater barramundi — keeping two for the trip home — you have to forgive and forget, right?

Well, I’m trying, anyway.

Don’t forget to get your submissions in for the proposed Buccaneer marine parks. If you don’t you may never see the chrome of that beautiful saltwater barra again without paying the price for a charter.

See the DBCA website for details.

Don’t forget the big fish comp at the Mary Island Fishing Club on March 20.

Tight lines and bent rods!

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