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Rest in Peace Cod King. Grant Hall from Wee Waa with a legendary 120cm Murray Cod.

Rest in Peace Cod King. Grant Hall from Wee Waa with a legendary 120cm Murray Cod.

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Josh Smith and Jamie Condon pay tribute to their mate Grant Hall who died recently.

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As an outdoorsmen or an outdoorswomen it is very easy to identify likeminded individuals who find solace and value time in a secluded space and being at one with nature. When you find these people there is usually an immediate connection and a need to compare stories of adventures in the outdoors. Lifelong bonds get formed with your mates in the outdoors and experiences (good and bad) are often recanted years later because they never leave our memories. These stories are magnified by virtue of being ‘Outside’. It is perhaps the quest we all have to be ‘Outside’ in those places that make each moment there that much more special.

It is clear that there is also an innate but necessary hunter gatherer skill still retained in a few of us that can see a small number of these people who love the outdoors, not only enjoy and exist, but thrive in such places. In fishing these people are often referred to as the 10 percenters. Meaning, there is a group of 10% of anglers who catch 90% of the fish. When you watch these guys in action, they can mean the difference from a good trip to an amazing trip. They somehow have a knowledge or perceived luck that no one else seems to have. When everyone else is fishing, they are catching. We have met our fair share of these guys in our travels and sadly we just lost one. A true 10 percenter who had an ability to light up the water and every place he found himself in.

It is important you value your time on the water and the outdoors with your family and friends and enjoy your fishing. Valuable time spent together with those closest to you is priceless and is important and the memories you make are everlasting. As always, we encourage you to get outside with your family and mates and take time to really appreciate what you have in front of you.

Keep an eye out on the Seven network MATE TV channel for our fishing shows. Just search Josh and Jamie in your TV guides. If you have any questions, reports from your area or if you have some fish pics (and a brief story) that you would like to see here, drop Josh Smith and Jamie Condon a line at joshandjamiefishing@gmail.com or visit www.joshandjamiefishing.com.au

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