PULLED away from the water by his friends to enjoy the Gladstone Cup, Jason Seng was soaking up the sunshine on Saturday.
Normally spending his day in his boat, Seng said getting dressed up, sinking a few drinks and mixing with mates was a decent compromise.
"Races are a good opportunity to get out and meet a lot of new people," he said.
"The weather's great today. Usually I'd be on a boat but this isn't too bad."
The electrician based on Curtis Island moved to Gladstone at age the age of five.
"A lot of people whinge about Gladstone and the lack of things to do," he said. "But we have good fishing, sport and good people. What more do they want?"
Seng, 27, is an avid follower of cricket, jokingly referring to himself as the "Mighty Capt".
The other great love in Seng's life is casting a line at the region's finest fishing spots.
"My favourite fishing spot is probably Lilley's," he said.
"It's close enough to town, you can take the four-wheel-drive. It never disappoints, I always seem to get bites there."
A 13kg red emperor snagged by Seng a few years ago remains his most prized haul, and he hopes to replicate this each time he goes out on the water.