John and Laura Johnson were caught off the coast of the Northern Territory by the giant Dredgers.
John had a great idea: he put the bait in a little plastic bag and started fishing.
“I got a bit bored, so I grabbed a pair of gloves, grabbed a little paddle, and started paddling,” he said.
“The Dredger is quite powerful, but when you get into a battle with a Dredge, you’re a little bit scared to death.
I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ “
It was just the worst feeling in the world.
I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’
It wasn’t until two hours later, after getting his first fish, that he realised his mistake. “
So I just kind of just kept paddling, just trying to keep my balance, and then I got a good whack with the paddle, just kind, the way it was.”
It wasn’t until two hours later, after getting his first fish, that he realised his mistake.
“You get a little nervous and you think, ‘This isn’t going to work,'” he said, “so I put my hand out to grab it, and it hit the side of the boat, so it came right off.”
He had a stroke of luck: the Dduger was a bit slow to get up, so he waited until it was right.
He got another fish the next day.
“We had a couple of good catches, but we had to wait a little while before we actually caught them,” he laughed.
“That’s when I realised that I was just so nervous, I was shaking like a leaf.
So we just got up and paddling again, and I was still shaking.”
John said he has had to learn to swim faster since that day.
But the couple now live in Darwin, having moved to the Northern Maroochydore from the Gold Coast.
He said they’d love to get back out on the water soon, having just moved to a new house.
“Yeah, we’d love it,” he joked.
Dredgys’ biggest enemies The Dredgelids are a species of giant sea fish that live in deep waters and can reach 20 metres in length. “
But yeah, we definitely have a lot of love for the Northern River.”
Dredgys’ biggest enemies The Dredgelids are a species of giant sea fish that live in deep waters and can reach 20 metres in length.
Their bodies can be up to 70 centimetres long.
The Ddugs are a type of Ddugys, with a body size of 70 centmms long and a head that is up to 40 centimetms long.
But despite being the size of a large fish, they are also fast and agile.
The fish can go for more than a kilometre a minute, but they only swim for about two seconds.
“Ddugs don’t like water,” John said.
“They will just swim to the surface, or maybe even dive off the bottom, and just run.
They’re really good swimmers, but if you try to catch them, they’re quite good swimmer too.”
The Dukes’ biggest enemy is a new species of Dredgian, which lives deep in the Northern Sea, about 100 kilometres west of Darwin.
The new species has been discovered in recent years, and the Dukes say it is the largest of its kind in Australia.
They also fear the Duke might take over the Northern Rivers.
“They’re really sneaky, because they’re really quick and they can swim really fast,” John told ABC Radio Darwin.
I’m just going to grab them and just kill them.””
Like, if I catch them with a stick, I’m not going to run.
I’m just going to grab them and just kill them.”