man killed by a flying spanish mackeral


Many a near miss with these things whilst GT fishing over the years. Flying over the boat, a few glancing blows and a few evasive manouvers to avoid being hit. A tip for anyone stick baiting or popping with these things around do not wind in the last 10 to 15m of your retrieve with the rod in direct line to the lure and you. Turn it to the side as this is where the drama can happen particularly if you increase your retrieve speed near the boat. 20kgs of mackeral spearing out of the water directly at you is not a good thing.

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Got hit by

Sat, 2020-08-15 19:25

Flying fish travelling at speed . Huge black eye hurt like hell.

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Similar story though in the

Mon, 2020-08-17 09:51

Similar story though in the back of the head whilst vomiting in the back of the boat when sailing back from Carnarvon to Fremantle. 

Just what you want when throwing your guts up. 

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Not a good thing to happen at

Sun, 2020-08-16 14:59

Not a good thing to happen at all. Not the first to be killed by a jumping fish and won't be the last . The billies can be deadly near the boat as well


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Certainly a mean fish

Sun, 2020-08-16 17:07

Condolences to his family, I don't think anyone goes out fishing with the thought that this could be a life and death situation brought on by a big nasty fish

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Condolences to the family and

Mon, 2020-08-17 08:00

Condolences to the family and not an uncommon occurrence, the last guy I knew of in Darwin was hit in the chest and was extremely lucky to survive.

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Mon, 2020-08-17 10:15

 Best number of mackies caught when fishing up north without dropping a line in was 6 in one night off the Glomar shoals while anchored.

We would leave all the lights on so we looked like a circus to any other boat passing and this would attract small fish to gather around the boat. The mackies would attack from below and fly out of the water like normal except they would land on the deck instead of back in the drink.

You would hear flapping on the deck, roll over and go back to sleep as the novelty of getting up each time soon wears off.

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 Mackie came over the side of

Mon, 2020-08-17 12:11

 Mackie came over the side of a centre console I was fishing on near Airlie Island in the Mackerel Islands years ago. Was chasing a chrome lure I was ripping through the water and followed it when it popped out at the end of the retrieve. I nearly went into the drink myself and it scared the shit out of me! The mackie went straight over the other side into the water!