Men in Grey Overcoats: What can you say about these denizens from the deep. Over the years they
have been given many names such as Maneaters & scavengers etc,but like all of us they are only trying
to survive the best way they can. As they grow to an older age, they cannot compete in the fastlane for
food, and so they often come inshore & into estuaries for easy pickings. This can cause some problems
for wildlife & domestic animals, who venture into the water, and also in some instances to Humans. As
far as fighting qualities when hooked, most sharks just want to roll around your line and make a mess
of your gear. The only shark I would consider worthy of the label "Gamefish" would be the Mako. When
hooked they put up a great fight, often leaping into the air similar to a Marlin. I have even heard of
one occasion when, during a fight , one actually jumped and landed in the boat containing the angler
who was fighting it.|
Tuna: There are many species of Tuna located in the waters around
Australia. They are harvested commercially for canning & for export to countries like Japan for Sushi.
They are also caught by Gamefishermen & make an excellent live or dead bait when trolled for Marlin etc.
The main species are Yellowfin, Northern & Southern Bluefin, Longtailed and Skipjack Tuna. All are strong
swimming speedsters, and are a lot of fun to catch.
MahiMahi: Also known as Dolphin Fish because of the obvious head shape. An offshore surface fish
often located in areas of ocean where there is floating debris which attract small baitfish. Beautifully
coloured body which changes when taken from the water.Olive green head & the body is an iridescent green-blue
with numerous spots, merging to a golden belly. The colours fade and then become brilliant again. On
death, they vanish & the fish becomes a dull grey.They will readily take a trolled lure, and once hooked
they will fight hard, dashing about wildly and making spectacular leaps. Very good eating.