A man who runs a fishing shop in a small village in the far east of Australia says he has to make sure that his customers have the right equipment when they arrive on his boat.
In a video posted on YouTube last week, a man named Steve talks about how he has seen his customers using fishing nets that are too heavy for their boats and are also not as sturdy as he’d like.
“They’re just not strong enough,” he says.
“My shop does that for me.”
The man said that in the past, his customers were willing to pay $50 a kilogram for equipment that was just not good enough.
“Now, they’re just looking for a way to make a quick buck,” he said.
“I’ve got to be able to tell them that they need a bigger boat, a bigger hook and a bigger reel.”
It’s unclear exactly how many customers have used the fishing shop’s equipment, but the man said he has been told that his customer base has increased since he started offering them the equipment.
“We’ve had two to three customers a day in the last week or so, mostly older men, who are on boats, so it’s quite good,” he told Polygon.
“People are coming back here for their first time and they’re finding out the ropes, and it’s just so easy to use.”
Steve said that he was able to provide better equipment because he had to make the equipment better, not the other way around.
“The more you’re able to improve the boat, the more you’ll be able provide them with the tools that they’ll need,” he explained.
“It’s all about making sure that the boat is as good as it can be.”