Rod rises out of blue
By ADRIAN MILLER
NATHAN McGregor, 22-months-old, threw his fishing rod overboard into the Clarence River on a family outing before Christmas.
His family never expected to see the rod again. The blue rod was an early Christmas present from his grandparents Peter and Maureen McGregor.
So into the Clarence it went, with the McGregors looking on helplessly.
Returning to land Nathan did not seem to realise, or care, what had happened. The day's events became a running joke for the family, from Sydney, as they enjoyed the rest of their holiday at Yamba.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Nathan's rod was fished out of the river by his grandparents three days later during their own fishing expedition.
The couple had drifted up and down the Clarence at Yamba for more than four hours, and decided to head back to their resort after one more throw of the line.
Making his last cast, Peter felt a tug on the line and begun hauling in the catch.
As it moved closer to the top and the blue started to show, the couple could not believe what they had hooked.
Mrs McGregor said the rod was hooked a kilometre from where it was lost and in a different river channel.
"We knew it was his because it had two little sinkers on it," she said.
"It was in immaculate condition; it wasn't rusty, not a grain of sand in it."
Mrs McGregor said while Nathan could not comprehend what had happened, the rest of the family was shocked.
"Nathan looked at it but I don't think it dawned on him that it had been lost and found again, but we were astonished," she said.