Where anglers cast a nest

October 05, 2017

Tony "Dooda" Knight is proud of his man cave, the ideal den for exchanging fishing tales with his mates.

The hut's walls feature several historic newspaper clippings.

The hut features several old trinkets.

Tony "Dooda" Knight's son, James, caught this huge Murray cod about 20 years ago.

A radio takes pride of place among various items.

Bits and bobs.

Tony ‘‘Dooda’’ Knight’s man-cave could easily fit in a high-country setting, nestled among mountains coated in gum trees, far away from humanity.

But the small converted garden shed is tucked away behind his Shepparton home — a place where Dooda can escape.

‘‘Sitting in here you feel like you’re miles away,’’ he said.

The keen fisherman has adorned the walls of the shed with pictures of his many catches.

From Murray cod to barramundi, Dooda’s little space is a true reflection of his passion for wetting the line.

Pointing to a photo among several fixed to a wall, it is clear the love of fishing has trickled through to his children.

‘‘My son James caught that big Murray cod,’’ Dooda said.

With the fish nearly reaching his teenage son’s feet, Dooda said he had caught it in the Broken River about 20 years ago.

The fish’s head now proudly sits on the wall of the hut among an extensive array of fishing photos, taken on waterways throughout the country.

But it is not just a passion for fishing that Dooda shares with his family, with his brother Brian also owning a man-cave.

Now in his second shed, Dooda pulled down his previous one, with the aim of making the new shed to look more like a hut.

‘‘I like a bit of old stuff,’’ he said.

Building on the wealth of trinkets and paper clippings from times past, collected in the past 10 years, Dooda said the hut became a sanctuary for him and his fishing mates.

‘‘Every Thursday night my mates come around and have a beer,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a place to come and sit and unwind.’’

Adorning the back wall of the shed are several old newspaper articles and adverts covered in the tell-tale brown tinge, indicating their age.

‘‘I used to work as a builder’s labourer,’’ he said.

‘‘I picked a lot of stuff up demolishing houses over the years.

‘‘You’d find a lot; there’d be bits and pieces under the lino.’’

With recognisable stores like Dickins and old grocery price lists, the wall is a reflection of a bygone era.

Although it is his quiet place, Dooda also enjoyed turning up the volume when blasting a record from his collection.

‘‘I like country music or 1960s rock ‘n’ roll,’’ he said, adding he and his mates often got a shout-out on OneFM during their Thursday get-togethers.

It seems as if every nook and cranny in the tiny converted garden shed is a reflection of Dooda’s interests.

With just enough room to sit by the fire and enjoy a chat over a beer, Dooda and his mates will no doubt share their fishing ‘‘lies’’ for another 10 years to come in his little slice of paradise.

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