Teenagers want some rules on the river
By BREE PRICE
MAD keen fishermen Ashly and Aaron McMahon reckon there are a few unwritten rules of the river that boat users and fishers should take note of this summer.
The brothers, of Pimlico, have been fishing since before they can remember and said Richmond River etiquette was vital to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves.
"On the boat ramp, don't muck around," 18year-old Aaron said.
"Get out of the way so the next boat can get in."
"Don't pull up and sit right next to another boat in the river," Ashly, 16, said.
"And keep a reasonable distance and don't run over other people's lines."
The boys, who are members of the Wardell Angling Club, said it was also important for bigger boats to take note of the presence of smaller tinnies.
And Aaron said it would be really great if other boaties waved hello once in a while.
"No-one is nice, everybody is everybody's enemy. Yesterday about two people out of 10 waved to me," he said.
The brothers, who fish in every spare moment they have, were even kind enough to share some of their favourite fishing spots.
"For whiting, go along the mangroves around Pimlico Island and the sandbanks near the ferry," Ashly said.
"And there are heaps of good flathead around Pimlico Island's mangroves."