How many times have you heard "The best camera is the one you have with you", and how often have you wished you'd taken that advice?
If my husband had packed the camera one fine day a couple of weeks ago, and if he'd been quick off the mark and possibly elbowed aside a couple of hundred hefty fisherpersons, onlookers and tourists, we'd have a video to rival the one below.
Unfortunately, the camera was nestled safely at home. On the kitchen table. Snug in it's little case. Gathering dust. Ignored and lonesome.
This is our local pier. Normally it's packed with fishermen and women experiencing varying degrees of success in the fish catching stakes.
The fish was well hooked.
The fisherman wanted the fish. The duck wanted the fish. The fish wanted to get away.
The fish was caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. There was a tussle of gigantic proportions. Some of the rapidly swelling crowd took the side of the duck, some took the side of the fisherman. A few kindhearted souls took the side of the fish.
Seconds turned into minutes. The fisherman reeled. The duck tugged. The fish flapped. The tug of war seemed to be stretching the already slender fish.
Being Australia, no doubt someone was taking bets.
When the duck f i n a l l y won, there was more laughter and cheering, general slapping of backs and smiles all round.
And the serious business of fishing resumed!
Watch till the end. There's one crazy guy in a kayak - with shark!