Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Doubtful Trip Turned into Absolute Beauty

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Doubtful Trip Turned into Absolute Beauty

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Byline: Rob black

ORGANISER John Joannidis said his group's fishing trip looked in doubt after a few had second thoughts about heading out to the reef with a cyclone brewing out near Fiji Co but Yasi passed and the Gladstone boys had a great day on Sunday with Fishing Offshore 1770.

John, who works with EDI Rail in Gladstone, rounded up a few workmates plus a few more from QR and the Yarwun project to form a fishing pool, not a club as such but a group of like-minded blokes who love to fish.

C[pounds sterling]Mate it turned out to be a beautiful day and we got some nice (coral) trout, Spanish mackerel, cobia Co a heap of fish and it was good day,'' he said.

C[pounds sterling]A bad day's fishing is better than a good day at work. And Sunday was a beauty.''

With a pool of 16 signed up and only nine or 10 a comfortable fit for full-day's fishing on Mick Black's boat out of the 1770 Marina John thought he may have to deliver some bad news to members of his fishing pool.

But when Tropical Cyclone Yasi reared its ugly head all of a sudden he had more pulling out than he needed and the trip may even have been in doubt.

C[pounds sterling]As it turns out we got nine together which was just right Co and a few of those who missed out will be pretty keen next time,'' John said.

C[pounds sterling]We pay into the pool each week and plan to go on a trip once every month. Mick was great and his boat a beauty so I'll probably have a few more wanting to sign up now.''

The crew left Gladstone early on Sunday morning, was at the 1770 Marina in good time and out to the reef and quickly into some good fish.

John said there were now few options for day trips out of Gladstone and he went looking for a specialist charter when starting the fishing pool.

C[pounds sterling]I think there's a bit of a niche in the market there after a couple of boats left Gladstone,'' John said.

C[pounds sterling]And the blokes down at Seventeen Seventy have been doing it a bit tough, so we hope to build a bit of a relationship with Mick and Fishing Offshore 1770. …

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