Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Get Boat Ready for Easter Fishing

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Get Boat Ready for Easter Fishing

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ONLY one week to go before the Easter break and this weekend is a great opportunity to get that gear sorted and the boat all ready for the hope of better weather ahead!

Charge the batteries, fill her full of fuel, clean out all the unnecessary junk which ends up in our boats (yes, I can hear you sniggering at me Jacko, as I'm a fine one to talk), check those dates on your flares and EPIRB.

You know I'd even go to the point of starting the old girl if it hasn't had a run for a while, too, as there's nothing worse than saying to your mates who have travelled from all over the countryside to go for a fish, that the battery is dead or there's a knock in the motor or the wheel bearing has collapsed!

With the full moon happening next week the fishing is going to get pretty lively as will the crabbing.

Speaking of crabbing I've got a story to tell you.

Last weekend a mate of mine Brian C[pounds sterling]BungC[yen] Brown was out setting the pots with his good mate, Peter Hawkins, along South Trees Inlet around the Toolooa Bends.

They finished setting all their pots, and were meandering back to the boat ramp at Toolooa, when about 100m from the boat ramp, something smashed into Bung's chest so hard that if he was standing up or sitting in a seat without a back on it he would've been knocked over.

Now Bung is as sharp as an axe on a good day, and he wondered what the hell had hit him, only to see this bloody big barra flapping around on his lap. From then on the Mick Dundee came out in him, as he wrestled it back into the boat!

All this happened within sight of the boat ramp, where another couple of chaps were looking on.

One of these fellas said to Bung, when they eventually made it back to the ramp, C[pounds sterling]Now I wouldn't have believed that, if I didn't see it with my own eyes!C[yen]

It just goes to show you that you don't even need a rod to catch barra. In the Gladstone region they catch themselves!

On another line of thinking one would have to wonder, though, what was chasing it to make it launch itself like a missile out of the water, and into the safe arms of our Bung? …

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