Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Great to Be Back Home

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Great to Be Back Home

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THE heat from the sun was causing beads of sweat to run down Joshua's face. He took his trusty old fishing hat off and dipped it into the river before slapping it back on.

The water ran down his neck, briefly cooling him down. He listened to the sound of the water slapping the side of the boat. The constant low hum of the outboard motor made him feel sleepy. It had been a great day, the first chance he'd had after Christmas to try out his new rod and to set his crab pots. He glanced down at the esky. Safely inside were five fingermarks, three good sized mangrove jacks and a jewie all encased in ice ready to be cleaned and filleted as soon as they got back to the marina. He could have brought home a couple of barra but it was closed season and he'd thrown them back.

The 13-year-old made a mental note of the catch. He would write down the time, place and conditions in his fishing logbook when he got back home. It was a record of all the fish he had caught since he was eight. Fishing was his passion.

With her hand on the tiller of the outboard, Joanne guided the dinghy up the river keeping an eye out for any submerged debris and making sure she avoided grinding the boat to a sudden halt on one of the many sand bars. She knew she couldn't rely on Josh to warn her of any dangers.

He was sitting up the front of the boat probably dreaming about the fish he had caught that day and already planning the next trip. He was obsessed. He had been bugging her to go fishing ever since they had returned from the Christmas and new year break with their grandparents. The weather had been against him. For days the heavy seasonal rain had stopped them from venturing outside. This morning when they woke to clear skies, Joanne was glad to escape the confines of the house and agreed to join her twin brother on a fishing trip. It meant she would be amongst the beautiful surrounds of the area where they lived. She never got sick of it. Spending two weeks in the city had been fun but she was happy to return to the backdrop of the high, coastal mountain range where the tropical rainforest cascaded all the way down to the water's edge. …

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