Something fishy | Catching big fish on tiny hooks

Did you know that it is easier to catch a big fish on a small hook than to catch a small fish on a big hook.

Just ask Stockton Beach champion Greg Schofield.

Fishing on the beach for whiting on a rising tide, using a worm for bait, Greg was nearly pulled into the surf by a monster.

Following a quick meeting with dad, Old Schoie, Greg came to the conclusion that this whopper on the other end was definitely not a whiting. Along the beach it swam taking line off the screaming reel.

BIG THINGS: Greg Schofield with his monster mulloway, caught on a tiny number four hook with a small piece of worm. Picture: Supplied.

BIG THINGS: Greg Schofield with his monster mulloway, caught on a tiny number four hook with a small piece of worm. Picture: Supplied.

Finally, after a lengthy struggle the giant fish tired and was winched into shallow water where it was grabbed under the plates and hauled up onto the sand.

There on the beach flapped a 30 kilogram mulloway, caught on a tiny number four hook with a small piece of worm.

The secret to catching big fish off the beach is to stay calm, don’t rush things.

Remember there are no rocks or obstacles for the fish to swim around.

Eventually the fish will tire.

I have been told that you can catch a whale off the beach on a reel of cotton – if you have enough time... and enough cotton.

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  • If you’ve got a picture of a whopper, or a fishing yarn to share, you can email it to stinkerfishing@yahoo.com with your contact number and details about your catch.