CASTING a line into Gladstone waters is not only the best way to get a free dinner, but the simplest way to get back to nature.
The Observer caught up with 40 locals to find out their secret fishing spots.
If you've got a boat, the hot tip offered by Bill Kennedy was to head out to the reef to snag some coral trout.
A little closer to shore, opinions diverged over freshwater fishing and the saltwater variety.
Thomas Lamberton swears by beach fishing at Tannum Sands and Boyne Island, citing hauls of trout, sweetlip and cod.
Lillie's at Boyne Island was also a favourite for Luke Collins.
"It's a peaceful spot, down on the sand, and good for the kids to run around," he said." "You can catch bream, whiting and flathead."
While Calliope River and the NRG hot-water outlet also rated very highly on the list, the undisputed winner was Yellow Patch on Curtis Island.
It has been a long-time favourite for local Linda Reid, who recalls growing up on Curtis Island and frequenting the famous fishing spot.
"Where I grew up on Curtis Island, we fished at Yellow Patch. We'd catch whiting, bream, grunter and crabs," she said.
Her response was met with agreement by Matthew Kessler and Robert Wilkinson, who described it as a haven for trout.
Fishing is of course, as much about the chase as the catch and another gem is The Narrows.
Renowned for mudcrabs, The Narrows are equally famous for trout and barra.
Word on the Gladstone streets, however, warn eager fisherman to pack the insect repellent.
See Wednesday's print edition of The Observer to see who shared their spots, and where you can cast a line. Then, don't miss Saturday's edition for our special report on fishing in the region.
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