The massive 1.45m jewfish.
The massive 1.45m jewfish. Damian Mackenzie-Ross

'Once in a lifetime': Fishing trip reels in surprise

FOR Damian Mackenzie-Ross, catching a 1.4 metre mulloway was a surprise for this experienced fisherman.

"It's probably the biggest fish I've ever caught, and I've been fishing my whole life,” Mr Mackenzie-Ross said.

He and his friends Steve and Harley Anderson decided to take their boat on a spur of a moment trip last Thursday night, because of the weather.

They also went to a different fishing spot, which Mr Mackenzie-Ross is keeping as a personal secret, but he wasn't expecting much - and certainly not a mulloway (also known as jewfish).

"Maybe a salmon or two,” he said. "Definitely wasn't expecting a jewfish.”

A 'once in a lifetime' catch.
A 'once in a lifetime' catch. Damian Mackenzie-Ross

Just using mullet for bait, the trio manage to catch a "once in a lifetime fish”.

"It was just being in the right place at the right time,” Mr Mackenzie-Ross said.

"Just a typical great night's fishing with good mates ... I will never forget.”

Plenty of other Observer readers also sent in their catches from over the weekend on Facebook, so keep an eye out for next week's call-out for photos.



The hot five items to purchase from Kmart

The hot five items to purchase from Kmart

They can be purchased at Kmart Gladstone on Saturday

Bad weather causes cruise cancellation

premium_icon Bad weather causes cruise cancellation

Cancellation less than 24 hours before arrival.

Bushfire benefit concert postponed due to weather

Bushfire benefit concert postponed due to weather

Band Together will no longer be held this Saturday.