Brendan Sippel landed his first snapper on the north side of Curtis Island this week.
Brendan Sippel landed his first snapper on the north side of Curtis Island this week.

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THIS week Brendan Sippel shares his best fishing stories with The Observer in Fishing With...

Name: Brendan 'Sip' Sippel

Occupation: Carpenter

What fish did you catch? It was 80cm, 7.5kg snapper. To be honest it was not even a big fish. It was just my first snapper. I was using a soft plastic up off the top end of Curtis Island. I got it within 10 minutes.

Where do you usually go fishing? I moved up here in September 2010 from Murgon. I was confined to fresh water fishing like yellow belly and bass. The fishing up here was one of the reasons I moved. I am a tragic and have been doing it since I was in nappies.

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The best fish I have ever caught is... I can't pick one I've caught that many. Good emperor, big jack so many fish. I just finished up my last project so I am fishing seven days a week. Definitely want to pick up work around here and I love it here.

How do you cook your catch? I've always got so many fish I mix it up. A nice way is in the oven with a few herbs and spices in alfoil, a bit of garlic and chilli. Because the reef fish has so much flavour I'm happy to eat them with no herbs and spices. Alfoil keeps the moisture in. Fresh water fish I don't eat them taste like (garbage).

Who taught you how to fish? My father got me into it. I am predominately a right handed reeler with the rod in my left hand but I can reel with both hands. Having the rod in your strong hand saves you changing when you cast.

What do you use for bait? I don't bait fish often. I use lures most of the time. You can never get sick of fishing here. If you do, just chase something else.



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