Pat Murphy and fellow colleague in crime (fishing), Ted Farrugia have been doing it tough locally of late so they headed down to the lower reaches of the Shoalhaven to chase flatties.
They were flicking their usual array of plastics when Ted set the hook, thinking flatty.
But 20 minutes later they boated a 71cm kingfish - yes in the river!
Last week, local snapper fisho Terry Taffom went out off Wollongong to chase up a few reds for the table and came home almost needing a fresh set of underwear.
Four hours of drift berleying in 20 odd fathoms, he had four reds in the esky when totally from nowhere a very large shark - thought to be a white, took a definite liking to Terry's new green drogue and left behind a nice row of teeth marks that measured 400mm across.
Fishing continued but with a very guarded eye on the water until thoughts of self-preservation overtook the need for more fish and he was happy to set foot ashore once again.