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Pro angler has boat crumpled on way to comp at Awoonga Dam

B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.
B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.
B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.
B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.

B.A.S.S Australia Nation pro angler Barry Reynolds was towing his Skeeter 21i behind his SUV 14km south of Miriam Vale when a car crashed into the back of him, sending parts of his boat flying across the road.

Barry was in the car with two others, Murray O'Flynn and Aaron Hyde, when it happened.

"We were just driving along, and I remember seeing a timber loaded truck in front of us but nothing behind us," Barry said.

"And all of a sudden we got absolutely shunted from behind, the car had come out of nowhere and crunched right into us."

While no one was injured, Barry said he was shocked to see the driver of the other car able to get out, given the entire front of his car had been crumpled.

"We saw the driver of the car that had hit us get out of his … well what was left of his car and couldn't believe it," Barry said.

"He had one drop of blood running down his forehead, but other than that he was okay." 

Barry said the driver told him he had fallen asleep at the wheel and had woken up to see the front of his car smash into Barry's boat.

"It was lucky no one was seriously injured … but I can't say the same for my boat," Barry said.

 

B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.
B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Pro angler Barry Reynolds was on his way to Awoonga Dam yesterday when his Skeeter 21i was hit from behind. Contributed.

 

Barry is still waiting on his insurance company to tell him the total cost of the damage but he's guessing he could be out of pocket as much $20,000.
 

The other driver's car after he crashed into the back of Barry Reynold's boat.
The other driver's car after he crashed into the back of Barry Reynold's boat.

 

He says the other driver told him he was uninsured.

"My 250 horsepower Suzuki motor is wrecked, it fell off the back of my boat and bounced along the road.

That's $30,000, to start with," Barry said.

"My trailer, which was about $6000, is destroyed, gone. The back of the boat is completely buckled in … and who knows how much that will cost.

"And I've yet to get my car checked, if my chassis is bent that means I'll have to write it off, and that's another $60,000."

Barry is mostly disappointed though that he could be out of the fishing game for a while. "I was really looking forward the comp in Gladstone, I have never actually been in a Barramundi fishing competition, so it was going to be a first for me.

"That boat was my baby," Barry said.

"I don't smoke or drink, I work six days a week, come home and take the boat out almost every day. I look out the window now and it's gone … it's just really upsetting.

"I'm not even angry, not yet. It just hasn't sunk in yet."

But if he can't get his gear back in shape quickly, he may miss out on the B.A.S.S Australia Nation Pro Tournament this year.

"I have been competing in them for the last four and a half years, it will be the first year I have missed out. "I was looking to retire soon, but it seems like I will be working for quite a few years after




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