Fisherman catches ‘striper fish’ with net

By Nick WilkesThe fishing net Carrie Fisher used to catch “striper” fish has been caught by a fisherman on the Gold Coast.

The 41-year-old had been in the region fishing for tuna for more than a year, when she spotted the fish, named ‘Striper’, in the Gulf of Carpentaria on the north-east coast of Queensland.

She grabbed it and filmed herself using the net on a boat.

“The whole time I was filming, the striper was in the net and I was thinking ‘Wow’,” Ms Fisher told ABC News.

“It’s very unusual, but we’re not going to say anything, it’s just going to be another day.”

The Gold Coast’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the fish was not a big threat to the local fishers and was a unique specimen.

“I think she’s a pretty unique fish,” she said.

“This is the first time we’ve ever caught a striper on the Australian mainland.”

Ms Fisher said she was grateful to be able to share the footage.

“For a lot of people who come into the Gold Country to fish and for a lot who come to the Gold River, this is a great thing to do,” she told the ABC.

“You catch something different and it’s amazing.

I’ve never seen something like this before.”