Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Pure Adrenaline on Ocean; Sportfishing Guides Reveal the Secrets of a Journey through Fraser Coast Waters

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Pure Adrenaline on Ocean; Sportfishing Guides Reveal the Secrets of a Journey through Fraser Coast Waters

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Byline: Mitch Crawley DIPS A LINE INTO THE WORLD OF THE FISHING GUIDE

MARK Bargenquast and Paul Dolan are the dream-makers.

They chart expeditions into the richest fishing grounds of the Fraser Coast looking to put their clients onto some of the best sportfish in the world.

Their reputation brings them clients from Japan, America, Norway and even Lithuania.

It costs them thousands just to get here and when they catch their dream fish, they simply take a picture and let it go.

Each morning Mark sets off in boat from a Urangan ramp that is slippery with moss and fringed with empty oyster shells.

A mist hangs thick in the air and a rising sun provides just enough daylight for them to chart a journey.

Mark's specially-designed water craft has a steering mount in its centre, sonar imaging and wrap around platforms so anglers can battle fish from any direction.

aWe get guys that are experienced and a lot of guys that are very inexperienced and they come out to learn a we do a lot of tuition on the water,a Mark said.

aA lot of guys that have never caught a big fish a and it's like a 15kg longtail tuna a to them, it's the fish of a lifetime.a

When a big tuna strikes and the reel screams as line is stripped from it, the curve of the rod and the grin on Mark's client's face mirror each other. This is the reason people hire guides to go fishing.

In the battle that follows there is only one winner a the fisherman who comes away with the big tuna and the memory that will last long after his trip has ended.

Paul Dolan's boat creates similar stories. He is a prowler on the sand flats that run for kilometre upon kilometre off Fraser Island and a master of fly fishing.

aI'm a born and bred fisherman, a third generation fisherman,a Paul said.

aI used to fish with my grandfather and my dad and my brother...it's just in the blood.a

Paul can spot a tailing fish a when a fish has its head in the sand and its tail in the air hunting for yabbies a a mile off.

When he sees a school of them he moves quickly. Often less than one metre of water separates boat and seabed. …

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