Pete and I had been meaning to go fishing for ages and between us couldn’t find an hour to spare.
Finally we found a spare afternoon and in the shadows of the bridge cast our lines in the hopes of catching Luderick in the Port of Brisbane.
Luderick (also known as Parore, Black Bream and Blackfish) fishing is a little different… For one, you only fish with seaweed as bait. You also have a float and just run your line with the current before pulling it back in a casting it out again. You can’t take your eyes off the float or let any slack in the line. My fishing knowledge is limited to casting from the boat or rocks for trout and snapper in NZ so rigging is new to me.
No surprises, I caught the first fish, and in a midst of happy squeals we got him in and in the net. The fish run once they’re on the line and they aren’t easy to get in the net. Of course the next one Pete wheeled in broke off the line right as we were trying to get him in the net.
Pete got the next fish in before having a few issues with his rod. In true Pete fashion, he swore like a trooper and the neighbouring fisherman learnt some words to add to their vocabulary too.
Pete filleted the fish for me and I fried them up in butter with a pineapple and mint salsa! Perfect.