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Fishing with... tasty squid caught at secret spot

Callan Mercer with two squid he caught near Facing Island.
Callan Mercer with two squid he caught near Facing Island.

THIS week we talk about fishing with Callan Mercer, who recently caught two squids at his secret spot.

Name: Callan Mercer.

Age: 20.

What have you got there? I've got two squids, I caught them at a secret spot near Facing Island.

I go there once a fortnight. It's the first time I've ever caught a squid.

What did you catch it with? I caught it with a squid jigg.

We were using lures and we saw the squid trying to attack our lures so we swapped it for a squid jigg.

Did you eat i t? My friend Aiden Heit and I caught six squids that day so it fed about eight of us.

We had it grilled. It was really nice.

Was there much fight? They was, surprisingly; they're quite big.

How often do you go fishing? I go three times a week, I fish in estuaries around Gladstone.

Who taught you how to fish? My dad Scott Mercer. He taught me when I was really little in Weipa.

I used to go fishing a lot with him when we lived there. One of my most memorable catches was a 37cm bream.

I used my pop's secret dough that he makes for bream fishing.

Another one would be a barramundi in the Benaraby river, it was 108cm.

Boat or off the bank? I actually prefer to fish off the bank. It's easier for when you're fishing in estuaries.

Lures or bait? Lures, but if the fish aren't biting I use bait, usually I'll use prawns.

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