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Chadwick Antonius: Fishing Is My Life

The retired gentleman now makes the daily trip from Muslim League Estate in Nabua to Suva to do his fishing.
19 Sep 2019 15:48
Chadwick Antonius: Fishing Is My Life
Chadwick Antonius, 63, at Terry Walk in Suva. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Chadwick Antonius is a familiar face at some of Suva’s fishing spots.

That’s because you will find him at different spots in the Capital City doing what he does best.

And yesterday, like clockwork, he was at Nubukalou Creek (where he’s usually spotted) next to Terry Walk doing what he says has been his way of life for almost 50 years.

The 63-year-old said his first recollection of him fishing at the iconic Suva location was when he was a Year two student.

He said he used to go there all the time.

The retired gentleman now makes the daily trip from Muslim League Estate in Nabua to Suva to do his fishing.

“It is a way of life. I have been doing this for as long as I can recall. Some say the water is dirty in the creek, but the fish come from the sea and swim upstream,” he said.

“I have noticed the size of the fish get smaller. I use a hook and line and catch the fish and the biggest fish I have caught in the creek was near Wishbone. It was more than a foot long.”

Mr Antonius lives in the informal settlement in Nabua with his wife. He said catching fish kept him occupied and it ensured that there was food on the table.

“I chose to fish instead of asking for money,” he said.

Mr Antonius grew up along Charles Street in Toorak.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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