Chris Ward with his unique catch of the day - an octopus.
Chris Ward with his unique catch of the day - an octopus. Contributed

First-time Pommy fisherman hooks octopus off the Tweed

YOU can always rely on a first-time angler to come up with something out of the box and true to form, UK visitor Chris Ward didn't disappoint.

Out from the Old Dart to attend his brother Andy's wedding to Sutto's daughter Jerusha, Chris, a London chef, was due to head back home in a couple of days and desperate to try his hand at catching a fish.

The octopus Chris Ward hooked off Tweed.
The octopus Chris Ward hooked off Tweed. Contributed

The sand flats adjacent Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club was the chosen spot and with a few sea worms for bait "decky" Sutto set Chris, Andy, and Andy's good mate Flanners up with light gear and set them fishing.

The total catch for the hour or so was a mix of about a dozen (very) small whiting and flathead and an unexpected appendage to one of the "lizards".

By the bend in his rod it looked like Chris was finally going to land a "keeper", but when his catch broke the surface it was disappointment, laughter and shock all round as he boated an octopus desperately hanging onto yet another baby flathead about six inches long.

Squirting water at the occupants as it entered the boat while still clinging firmly to its catch, there was no way the occy was going to let go of its prey without a fight.

After many photos followed by a difficult time separating the two, then dislodging the octopus from where it had attached itself to the vinyl seat of the boat the two were returned to the water, the octopus offering a couple of squirts of black ink as it headed back to its garden in the shade.

All the best to all my old fishing mates and readers.



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