Steve's high seas adventure
STEVE McEwan is more at home with slippery snakes than creatures of the deep but that hasn't stopped him enjoying an expedition on the high seas.
Steve, Coffs Harbour's resident reptile expert, has decided to try his hand at big game fishing with the Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club and last week managed to tag a very pretty striped marlin.
It was his first one - always a big deal for new game fishermen - after four outings and he's now hooked.
Steve is a fully-fledged member of the game fishing club and has bought and refitted a boat so he can go gamefishing in style.
His love of the sport is one he shares with his 16-year-old son, Matt.
"I taught him how to catch a bream, now he's teaching me how to catch marlin," Steve said.
"He's caught three marlin. One was 200 kilos and it took him two hours to bring in."
Steve says one of the great things about marlin fishing is the amount of research involved.
"We tag them so we can track them and see what they've been doing and we're they've travelled.
"Not only is it a sport for us, it's research as well which pays off."
Steve was with friends aboard Wicked Weasel and they were returning from a day's fishing when his big chance arrived about 14km from home.
"I ran the other way as soon as the reels went off. It scared the life out of me," he said.
"It only took about 10 or 15 minutes to get him in. Marlin light up when they're excited."