Fish­er­man sinks line amid hype

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­

Isawa 30kg great trevally come up, that’s why I kept fish­ing all morn­ing. — Sean McCarthy

THE newly in­stalled Shute Har­bour fish­ing pon­toon is be­ing put to good use if Sean McCarthy’s ex­pe­ri­ence is any­thing to go by.

While most of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity was oc­cu­pied with the Mel­bourne Cup hype on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Mr McCarthy took the op­por­tu­nity to spend a solid four hours sink­ing a line.

And there were sur­prises pop­ping up to the sur­face.

“I saw a 30kg great trevally come up, that’s why I kept fish­ing all morn­ing,” he said.

The pon­toon was in­stalled last Fri­day as a “tem­po­rary ar­range­ment” as council pre­pares to re­vamp the fa­cil­ity.

Di­vi­sion 1 Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said the council was pre­par­ing to get Shute Har­bour “back to where it was”.

“Peo­ple need some­where to tie up their boats when they come in off yacht,” she said.

“It’s only a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion un­til we bed down what we are go­ing to do down there.

“The pon­toons we are go­ing to be us­ing are in Mackay to be re­fur­bished and the project team is draw­ing up the fi­nal lay­outs for Shute Har­bour and the toi­let blocks and the ex­ist­ing build­ings will all come down in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

The council will bun­dle $18 mil­lion in Cat­e­gory D fund­ing as well as ex­tra in­sur­ance funds to “pretty up” the har­bour.

NIBBLES: Sean McCarthy wets a line from the Shute Har­bour fish­ing pon­toon.

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