Gladstone man finds fishing treasures inside 60-yo trophy

THE TROPHY looked old and had seen better days so when Gordon Jensen reached in yesterday, he wasn't expecting his hands to brush against something.

The trophy that sat in Gordon Jensen's house for 10 years but never thought to look inside Photo: Gordon Jensen.
The trophy that sat in Gordon Jensen's house for 10 years but never thought to look inside Photo: Gordon Jensen.

The Gladstone fisherman poured the contents out on the table, only to find old Observer newspaper clippings and reward certificates from more than 60 years ago all addressed to his great grandfather, Tom Slater.

The trophy, labelled Gladstone Observer G.A.A.C Champion Fisherman, was from an fishing competition that Mr Slater had won overall between the Gladstone Angling Club and Bundaberg.

The certificates inside detailed each category the keen fisherman had taken home a victory in.

"I always look at that trophy, it's been sitting there for more than 10 years now since my great grandfather Tom passed away," he said.

"And not once did I think to look inside."
 

He knew his great grandfather was into fishing.

"Tom lived in Gladstone for most of his life, and had a house on Auckland St," he said.

"He work at Meatworks and then QAL for most of his life. I remember hearing stories about him still going fishing when he was 85.

Mr Slater was 92 when he passed away, and requested his great grandson, Gordon, keep the trophy.

Gordon, a father of two himself, said he remembers his father telling a story about Tom's fishing days.
 

Gordon Jensen definitely inherited his great grandfather's fishing skill. Photo: Jennie Gordon.
Gordon Jensen definitely inherited his great grandfather's fishing skill. Photo: Jennie Gordon.

"He would row everyday from Barney Point to Toolooa Bends like the mad keen fisherman he was," Gordon said.

"It's pretty cool how that tradition has stayed in the family, my son David and I are always in the water, fishing or spearfishing."

MR SLATER'S VICTORIES:

  • Most amount of cod caught (won twice in different competitions)
  • Most amount of bream caught
  • Greatest number of fish caught
  • Biggest fish of the bank
  • Greates weight of fish
  • Additional points given by the club