One of the fish that we were after in Kangaroo Island was the so-called Australian salmon. This is not actually a salmon but rather a fish that looks like one and fights like one. By the way, it is not good eating and is purely a sport fish.
These salmon congregate in large schools in Australian waters and migrate from place to place and are usually caught by casting from the beach with a metal spoon (Twisties).
Hereunder are pictures of a salmon that I landed from Vivonne Beach in Kangaroo Island. The points of interest are that I landed it with a travel rod (Shimano Beastmaster) which broke from the tip as the fish was still green and did not give a good fight when I caught it.
This was surprising as these salmon are very strong fighters and jump
repeatedly in the air in order to dislodge the hooks.
The reason the fish came in easily became apparent if you look at its tailfin - half of it is missing! The reason is that it had been attacked by a shark but managed to escape into calmer waters, where it recovered and healed.
When I hooked it, it was obviously unable to show its true colours due to its injury and came in relatively tamely to the beach.
I wasn't aware of this and tried to lift the fish up, it struggled monumentally and even managed to cut my hand with the lure and you can see me grimacing and holding the fish up with a kleenex to stem my bleeding.
The fish was released to live a long happy life.
55 gram Silver Twisty
Broken rod tip - I have to order replacements from UK
The stormy ocean from which the fish was taken
Despite the hurt it felt good to free the fish