STAND UP AND TAKE A BOW: Angler Andrew Prowd with the golden trevally he caught off Double Island Point on his paddleboard.
STAND UP AND TAKE A BOW: Angler Andrew Prowd with the golden trevally he caught off Double Island Point on his paddleboard. Contributed

Local angler snaps up a catch

STAND-UP paddleboard angler Andrew Prowd is hooking big fish again but in typical fisherman's style was tight-lipped about where he catches them.

All he would say was "off Double Island Point".

On the hook on Thursday was an 18kg golden trevally.

"It was kinda tasty last night," Andrew said.

Andrew and mate Grant McFarlane paddled their boards out Thursday even though the weather had taken a turn for the worse.

"We've been out in 30-knot winds, and for two hours in the rain and storms and winds," he said.

"That's when the fish get excited."

Grant also caught a golden trevally from the same school, also weighing in at 18kg.

Andrew says he loves fishing with his mate because it doubles their chance of success.

"If one of us catches something and the other doesn't, we halve the catch anyway to feed both our families," he said.

In addition to fishing from their 'SUPs' Andrew and Grant do the occasionally spear fishing but Andrew was quick to stress the pair only take what they need.

"We only fish or hunt for food," he said, adding he would often get angry when he saw people filling eskies with piles of fish.

"We think SUP fishing is kinda fair that way."

Andrew loves the ocean and when asked if he had seen an increase in the number of sharks said he was bound to see sharks because he was in their backyard.

"It's just the cycle of the water, really. Sharks are a bit like dogs. You know which ones you can go near and which ones you probably shouldn't approach."

He said he could notice the increase in whales, especially this year.

"Two weeks ago, a four-ton whale was coming towards me. It was 2m underneath the board. The water was a bit murky that day and I kept thinking, 'where is he coming up?' but he emerged a couple of metres away," Andrew said.

"We practically live in the ocean," Andrew said.

"We love it!"

Gympie Times


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