Chasing fish on Fraser Island [gallery]

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments by

I learnt the ancient pursuit of hook and line from my grandfather at a very young age. Many of my earliest memories are of dangling a worm on a hook off the end of a weather-beaten pier in northern Wisconsin under the watchful eye of Bob ‘Pops’ Doucette. I hear his laugh any time a fish takes the bait and the reel whirs with the telltale sound of a good strike.

I thought of him often as I stood on the sands of Fraser Island’s east coast, or on the deck of a small boat offshore of Wathumba Creek. Thousands of miles and many years removed from those lakes and early memories, I am still entranced by the hook and line.

This article originally appeared on Matador Network.

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Cody Forest Doucette has spent the past eight years circling the globe in pursuit of images and experiences which capture both the beauty of the natural world and the complexity of the human condition in the 21st century. His work has been published in numerous national and international publications including Rolling Sone, Mens Journal, and The Surfers Journal to name a few. Cody is currently an editor at large for Matador ( and their ambassador team manager ( You can find more of his work on his website,