Something Fishy | Guest columnist Joey Pearce, 9, shares his snapper tale

BIG CATCH: Guest columnist for this week Joey Pearce, 9, with his 50cm snapper caught off northern side of Fingal Island last weekend.

BIG CATCH: Guest columnist for this week Joey Pearce, 9, with his 50cm snapper caught off northern side of Fingal Island last weekend.

Stinker's column for this edition has been entrusted to a guest writer, young Port Stephens angler Joey Pearce, who shares with us his love for fishing.

Hi Stinker,

My name is Joey Pearce. I'm nine years old. I love fishing for snapper so much. It is my favourite thing to do.

I tell my dad that's all I want to catch. Luckily he wants to catch them too. I really wanted to catch a big one with a bump on its head.

We went fishing [last Sunday]. I was really keen, like always.

Dad and [brother] Ben woke up at 4 o'clock. I woke up at 3 because I was too excited to go.

We went on the northern side of Fingal Island out of the southerly. Ben landed a 60cm snapper first then I landed the next two - a 43cm and then I landed my biggest snapper so far, a huge 50cm one which had a bump on its head.

I love fishing for snapper so much. It is my favourite thing to do.

Joey Pearce, aged 9

Very dark clouds came over after that and it started to pour so we headed back to Shoaly and we all got drenched on the way in.

I've got a question for you: do you think a 14 foot tinny with a 30 horsepower motor is big enough to go to Broughton Island? I do. Dad doesn't.

From your mate, Joey.

Stinker's reply: I agree with your dad.

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