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Flying lure from passing boat sticks in hand of fisherman

HOOK, LINE AND HAND: Rockhampton’s Mark Bates hopes his next fishing trip with his nephew, Lachlan Ewens, will be a lot more enjoyable.
HOOK, LINE AND HAND: Rockhampton’s Mark Bates hopes his next fishing trip with his nephew, Lachlan Ewens, will be a lot more enjoyable. Sharyn Oneill Roksfish

ROCKHAMPTON fisherman Mark Bates has handled hundreds of fishing lures in his time, but never like this.

At 6am on Tuesday, Mark, his wife and eight-year-old nephew were on his boat fishing close to Great Keppel Island when a 15cm fishing lure flicked into his hand from a passing boat.

Mark, 51, said the boat passed around the front of his tinnie while the fisherman's lure was in the water.

"This boat was passing quite close, but I didn't realise he had a lure at the back, which cut across my boat," he said.

"Before I could do anything the lure hit the front of my boat, flung past my wife's shoulder, landed on my esky and bounced up into my hand. The boat then kept moving with the lure stuck in my hand and it started to pull.

"I had to yell out to the guy to stop moving so we could cut the line to release the pressure. The guy on the boat was about 40m away and asked where the lure was, I yelled back that it was in my hand, then he just drove off.

"I'm not sure if he heard me properly and if he realised what had actually happened but he shouldn't have just drove off like that."

Mark Bates has a fishing lure stuck in his hand from a passing boatie. Photo Contributed
Mark Bates has a fishing lure stuck in his hand from a passing boatie. Photo Contributed Contributed

Owing to the water conditions Mark couldn't anchor his boat and had to wait till he reached Great Keppel Island to get out of the rough water.

By the time he anchored off the island his hand had gone numb.

"The lure was still stuck in my hand and I kept trying to remove it, but had no luck," he said.

"It wasn't too painful, I couldn't really feel anything so we stayed out on the water and fished for a bit because my nephew isn't from here and he loves fishing, so I wanted to make sure he actually caught something before we left.

"The lure was in my hand for about six hours until it was removed at the Rockhampton Hospital around midday. The Yeppoon Coast Guards and the staff at the hospital were really helpful and acted quickly once they realised it had been in my hand for quite a while."

Mark said he hoped fisherman and people operating boats share the water in a safe manner and that this type of incident did not happen to anyone else.

"It's such a busy time of year to be out on the water," he said.

"I go fishing at least once a week and I've heard of people getting lures stuck in their hand all of the time, but not someone else's lure from a passing boat."

"People really need to be courteous to others on the water. It's common procedure to pass behind a boat if you're trolling, I'm just happy the lure missed my wife's eye as it flung right passed her head."

The incident has been reported to Maritime Safety Queensland.

Topics:  emergency, fishing, flying, injury, outdoor-living



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