Charting a new career
CHARLIE Reynolds has the kind of job that most city folk would chuck in their suits for, sell their stocks and move to the sea to do.
The former electrical contractor did something similar to this 11-years-ago when he started up a fishing charter business on the Tweed.
It became so popular and Mr Reynolds such a master of local waters, that he now donates his time and local knowledge to training the Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR).
"I fished out here from when I was 10years-old because before then my dad wouldn't take me out," he said.
"I would be the one on winter mornings that would have to go over the side and walk the boat over the sandbar at Kingscliff Creek.
"I would spend the rest of the morning trying to get warm."
After a career in electrical contracting he started Tweed Fishing Charters and kick-started the charter boat industry on the Tweed.
"I could see the potential of the area," he said.
"It took a fair bit of advertising at first and 12 months to get the area known, but these days it is a reputable charter fishing destination.
"Before I started people thought they had to go to Noosa or Southport, now we have five charter boats operating."
These days Mr Reynolds spends his time on the water with the dolphins and whales, and said it is all fantastic - even the storms.
"I like the storms. They really get the adrenalin flowing," he said.
"I have a real lifestyle job, but like any job it does become a job after a while."
Four-years-ago Mr Reynolds decided to pass his knowledge of local waters onto the VMR, which thanks to great training and local knowledge enjoys an enviable success rate on the water.
"I figured I had a few skills and there was no point one person knowing about them. I try to get them as professional as possible so the job is done well.
"VMR is so busy especially over holiday time and the boaties always need someone watching over them.
"Their training is made even better by the state-of-the-art electronics they use."
To join VMR call headquarters on 5536 9333.