Is there a monster lurking in the waters near Tamworth?
Well, if there is Jeremy Wade would have found out last weekend after the iconic TV fishermen dropped into town to talk giant Murray Cod with members of the Pub Angling Club.
Treasurer Tony Grills said the fishermen had dropped a line at Bathurst on Sunday morning before staying the night in Tamworth on his way to Copeton Dam near Inverell.
Apparently Mr Wade had heard a tale from Tamworth, and wanted to check if the locals believed it to be true.
“There is that old story from the 1960s’s of two Japanese divers who were inspecting the inside of the wall at Keepit Dam,” Mr Grills said.
“They came scurrying back to the surface and refused to go back down without shark cages – there must be some big Murray Cod down there.”
While the accuracy of that story might be further explored in the show, the anglers club did report that the TV star provided some great entertainment.
“He was a really interesting guy and really nice fella – it was great to have someone of his stature come through and stop in Tamworth,” Mr Grills said.
“He asked us a few general questions about the fish and local fishing - I told him to go down under Paradise Bridge near where they were staying, but I am not sure if he did.
“The crew are going to get in touch next year to tell us when the show will air.”
The Murray Cod, or Maccullochella peelii, was named after the Peel River by surveyor Sir Major Thomas Mitchell in 1838.