Former Gympie Man Dion Forman with his new North Queensland Fishing guide.
Former Gympie Man Dion Forman with his new North Queensland Fishing guide.

Dion hooks into fishing guide

FORMER Gympie man Dion Forman has ventured into the cut-throat world of publishing, self funding and releasing the first ever fishing guide for North Queensland.

Mr Forman said the guide was the first of its type for North Queensland and was a great read for keen anglers wanting to wet a line in North Queensland.

The ex-Gympie State High School student left Gympie to study marine biology and environmental science at James Cook University.

He ended up staying in Townsville after meeting his wife to be, Trisha.

They now have three children Emily, Ben and Chloe.

He said he was a fishing fanatic and uses his environmental science background to "do it properly" without hurting the environment.

"We love fishing, that’s why we decided to do the first annual fishing and boating guide," Mr Forman said.

He said there had never been a publication as comprehensive in North Queensland and it was a must for any fisherman or holidaymaker visiting the area.

"The guide contains everything from fishing maps, GPS marks and a comprehensive boat ramp guide," Dion said.

He said a lot of tourists heading north didn’t know where to find boat ramps.

"A lot of them are out of the way and only local knowledge can get you there safely," he said.

It’s not just boat ramps  the guide gives readers invaluable information about.

It tells beginner anglers how when and where to fish, and talks about crocodiles and how to fish safely around them.

There are 4WD driving tips and features on how to spear fish, fly fish and all about boating and camping.

Mr Forman said the area between Cardwell and Cape Upstart had more than  100 estuaries, 25 islands and fifty reefs.

"The boating and fishing opportunities in the region are endless," Mr Forman said.

20,000 copies of the 208-page guide have been printed and will be distributed all over Queensland.

The cost is $19.95, but anyone wanting the guide for free can enter The Gympie Times competition.

We have five to give away.

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