Darryl Hampson had two tackle boxes of fishing gear stolen from his front yard. One of the reels is an ABU 7000 with a silver handle similar to the one he is holding.
Darryl Hampson had two tackle boxes of fishing gear stolen from his front yard. One of the reels is an ABU 7000 with a silver handle similar to the one he is holding. Mike Knott

Prized tackle boxes stolen

AN ABSENT-MINDED moment forgetting to bring two tackle boxes in from his front yard has resulted in Darryl Hampson losing about $2000 of fishing equipment.

The Walkervale man said he put the two tackle boxes in his front yard after returning from a fishing trip to Baffle Creek on Thursday morning.

But when he awoke on Friday morning, they were gone.

"I had three reels and about 34 lures in those tackle boxes," he said.

Mr Hampson said while his insurance would be able to replace the fishing gear, it was the sentimental value he was going to miss.

"I've caught a lot of good fish with those reels all over the Burnett River," he said.

The keen angler said he had placed the boxes in the front yard while unloading his car and then forgotten to take them to the back of his house.

He said with no fence at the front of his Hurst St home, someone may have thought he had been giving them away.

"If they were taken by mistake I'm willing to overlook it," he said.

Mr Hampson said he was also willing to offer a substantial reward for the return of his fishing equipment.

"A lot of fishers know me and know my gear. I've asked around and people are going to keep an eye out for me."

The fisherman has also contacted second hand shops in the area with a description of his tackle boxes and the equipment inside.

"It's not like they are going to be able to on sell it to anyone," he said.

"I just would really like my equipment back."

Mr Hampson also lamented the lost era of being able to leave items out in the open without the being taken.

"Once you could leave your gear in your front yard, but not today," he said.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Steve Bardini said police were investigating the theft of the tackle boxes.

"It's a timely reminder to everyone to lock up their possessions," he said.

"It's an opportunistic crime just to take something of value because it's out in the front yard."

Anyone with any information about the tackle boxes should call Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111.



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