Crocodile sightings in the Fitzroy River are becoming common.
Crocodile sightings in the Fitzroy River are becoming common. Contributed

Croc lurks around fishing spot

PAUL Smith had a terrifying run-in with a four-metre crocodile more than two years ago, but it seems that little has changed with that croc still showing an intimidating presence at the popular fishing spot near Thompson's Point.

Mr Smith had his first run-in with the croc when he was fishing on the Fitzroy River "cut through" with his mate Kevin Doblo, when the croc rammed into their fishing vessel with so much force that it almost knocked the pair into the water.

"I've seen plenty of crocs in the Fitzroy; they're everywhere, but this one's just too friendly," he said.

Mr Smith spotted the croc again with his son just last week on one of their regular fishing trips on the Fitzroy River. "It's definitely him. He was around 14 foot (4.2m) then and he looks like he's got bigger," he said.

"I'm just concerned that because he is so used to people, sooner or later somebody is going to get taken, so I want to let people know that it's out there, so be careful."

Dr Ashley Bunce from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection urged people to be "croc-wise" in known crocodile habitats and report any sightings to the department on 1300 130 372.



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