Gladstone fisherman caught in tinnie after 'XXXX Gold carton' binge

IT was no choice catch of the day for fisherman Steven Underhill who got hooked by water police drink driving in his tinnie.

It came as a big shock to Underhill, who told police he drank a carton of beer the day before. Yet his mate who drank the same amount was not affected.

His mate, after testing, was allowed by police to drive the tinnie home.

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Underhill, 39, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to drink driving at The Narrows on Sunday, May 29.

During discussion between police prosecution and the court on whether Underhill should lose his marine licence, lawyer Ryan Mitchell said he held a commercial licence and his matter should be dealt with under national law and not the state Transport Operations Marine Safety Act.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said water police intercepted the 4.2m dinghy runaround in The Narrows waterway at 11.35am.

Underhill told officers he had a carton of XXXX Gold the night before and just two stubbies that morning.

A test gave an alcohol reading of 0.068.

Mr Mitchell said Underhill had been out camping with a friend and drank a carton of beer but stopped at 10pm the night before.

"He was not feeling the effects of alcohol. He had the same amount as his friend who had a zero reading," Mr Mitchell said.

"It's a case of poor miscalculation given his friend's negative reading."

Mr Mitchell said he did not hold a recreational boat licence but, as a commercial licensed ship operator, did not have to.

It was revealed that a disqualification (the recreational part of his commercial licence) for the offence was discretionary.

Magistrate Melanie Ho found the offence to be a miscalculation, not a deliberate act.

Underhill was fined $350.