Croc gives Fraser Coast fisho a big fright

The Cairns Post - - NATION -

FISH­ER­MAN Craig Logue didn’t be­lieve sto­ries about croc­o­diles in Her­vey Bay wa­ters – un­til yes­ter­day.

The keen an­gler had walked out about 200m on mud­flats at River Heads when he saw a croc­o­dile he es­ti­mated to be 2.5m to 3m long.

“I had just cast my line and put my feet in the wa­ter and he (the croc­o­dile) put his lit­tle nose and head up and I was out of there like the road run­ner,” Mr Logue said.

“I was a few me­tres away. I’ve lived here for 15 years and I’ve never seen one un­til to­day.

“Peo­ple al­ways say there’s croc­o­diles here but I didn’t be­lieve it. I used to take my kids down to the boat ramp for a swim, but not any­more.”

The un­of­fi­cial croc­o­dile bound­ary is the Boyne River, south of Glad­stone, but sev­eral sight­ings have been re­ported in the River Heads area 225km to the south.

A 4.5m croc­o­dile was tar­geted for re­moval from the nearby Mary River last year, but evaded rangers.

SUR­PRISE: A croc on a bank of the Mary River down­stream from Mary­bor­ough.

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