An afternoon Cataract Gorge walk turned into a milestone catch for Launceston's Neil McClymont on Saturday and in the most unusual of places - a pool.
The 32-year-old said as he headed down towards the reserve he could see the Gorge was flooding and so he grabbed his fishing rod to try his luck.
"I noticed there was a line of driftwood on the grass above the pools and you could see there had been flood water in the pools so I figured the water had been up and over them and fish had probably got stuck in there," he said.
"So I thought I'd give it a shot."
His shot paid off, he managed to catch his first two trout from the Gorge swimming pools.
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Mr McClymont has been fishing for years but had only delved into fresh water fishing the past few seasons.
"I hadn't had any success to this point and it was actually my first and second trout that I'd ever caught in my life," he said.
"After catching them I actually took them back over into the main river and put them back where they're supposed to be."
He said people were staring at him from a distance as he stood there with his line in the pools and as he reeled in his catches.
"I've never even given the Gorge a thought [for fishing]," he said.
"I thought it was kind of funny, I've been out 15 times elsewhere trying to catch trout the last few months and it had happened to be a 10 minute walk from my front door that I actually caught my first two."
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