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Riles ... An incredible fisho who will be sadly missed

Postby arpie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:04 pm

Hi Guys

As difficult as it is to type this, I know that those of you who have enjoyed Riles' company on the water in the past or enjoyed his light hearted banter in his fishing reports (often with myself, Dave/Huggy and Norm) will be sad to learn that the cancer that took one of his kidneys mid 2016, travelled to his liver earlier this year & more recently to his brain. He is on some 'magic juice' and is comfortable & without pain - and up until a few days ago, he was fully lucid & enjoying hearing about everyone's big fish & was in as bright a spirit as only he could be - actually cracking jokes to make US (his family & friends) feel better but sadly, he is now near the end of his journey.

Throughout his cancer journey, he has been incredibly upbeat & almost jovial .... He was diagnosed with kidney cancer mid last year & had a kidney out. As soon as he could after, he got back into yak fishing - terrorising the lake bream, flatties, whiting, trevally & offshore, snapper & kings! He has thoroughly enjoyed all his visits from family & friends - with Dave/Huggy, Norm & I visiting daily - filling him in with our fishing tales - which he LOVES hearing.

He had a BALL fishing with Dave/Huggy at the KFNSW meet at Tuncurry back in 2015 .... they caught over 40 fish between them & Riles won the Biggest Whiting category ...... I should have followed THEM! :lol:
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This is Riles with one of his many nice fish, this one was skull dragged out of the racks over in Tuncurry - his happy hunting grounds - on his preferred lure, The Greedy Guts - painted red with a permanent marker!
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Did you know that he contacted Rob Searing/Zimman 18+ months ago and bought up all the remaining Greedyguts in A03 WITHOUT telling me :beye: ..... and then laughed at & with me about it?? We were just chatting about this last week! It brought a gleam to his eye! He LOVES his GGs .... especially the RRGG's - the Roberta Red Greedy Guts!! :lol: I was lucky enough to crack a bream pattern in Forster by painting them red with a permanent marker - that has accounted for hundreds of bream, flatties & whiting in the last 2-3 years!

Riles only moved to Forster in the last 2-3 years with his wife Paula & daughter Jacqui (from Orange) & had spent the last 2 years+ out in his yak (he was also new to yaks) & was quickly terrorising the bream & flatties & whiting of Forster/Tuncurry. He had always been a skilled diver/spear fisho/snapper/kingie fisho offshore, but soon he honed his inshore skills on bream/flattie/whiting - he even got out on his boat in mid July this year .... but sadly, that was the last time. He was out earlier this year, offshore, when he had a heavy fall on the boat & cracked some ribs, which definitely didn't help his health!

Riles' fishing tales are legendary - especially when he got stuck on the water in a nasty electrical storm last year & he had to take shelter in a Long Drop Toilet with Dave/Huggy on one of the islands in Wallis Lake. You can read about it here:
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In the same post, he got pinned badly by a treble & I was on hand to remove it ...... apparently I asked him to 'move your yak to the left' - he thought it was for me to get into a better position to remove the barb ..... but no - it was to get a better photo of the bloodied finger with the hook still in! :lol: We were laughing about this just last week!! I'd forgotten! :idiot:
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His sense of humour is epic. There has never been sledging like it before on KFDU between Riles & Huggy. Riles & Huggy fit RIGHT IN with the camaraderie of KFDU & we (as a forum) were the better off for it.

Here is a link to all his posts - even when he wasn't able to get out himself, he was still reading & replying to others' reports ......
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His family & friends have been by his side in the last few weeks that he has been in hospital & been recounting lots of fishing & hunting trips & other funny stories that only Riles could tell .... Paula (his wife) just said on Wed that she was SO pleased that they'd come to Forster when they did (instead of staying in Orange) - as he has had such a ball with his new friends, his yak & offshore fishing here in the last 2-3 years - something that they will look back on, with fond memories & lots of laughs.

This time last year, he was at the ABT Yak Bream Weigh ins (that starts tomorrow) and I will hopefully get there to watch on his behalf (tho I have now succumbed to the dreaded flu lurgy - having thought I'd missed it. :beye: )
With Michelle and New Knees2 at the ABT last year
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Dave & I will be passing on any 'best wishes' from his KFDU buddies to Paula and the family ..... as we had really become such a big part of his short time here in Forster/Tuncurry.

Our thoughts are with Paula and the family at this sad time

Roberta
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Re: Riles is not well ... An incredible fisho who will be mi

Postby Ads22 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:54 am

Arpie thanks for sharing. That's terrible to hear. Having been on that ride with loved ones before, I know how hard it is. To all that know Riles I send my best wishes. To Riles, I'm saddened to not have had a chance to meet you. I wish you a peaceful journey through this final phase.
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Re: Riles is not well ... An incredible fisho who will be mi

Postby pdfarrell » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:01 am

:cry:

Not good. So sorry to hear.
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Re: Riles is not well ... An incredible fisho who will be mi

Postby Rory222 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:55 am

Such a sad shame to have a great character of KFDU losing his battle to a horrible disease.

While i never managed to cross paths with Riles on the water I had many a conversation with him through PMs talking all things fishing and a bit on life itself! He was fishing mad and loved a laugh.

My thoughts are with Riles and his family and friends at this sad time and i hope for as peaceful and positive a journey as possible.
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Re: Riles is not well ... An incredible fisho who will be mi

Postby Huggy1956 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:12 pm

Well written Roberta.
Yes, these are tough times for those who know Riles. He was the first person I played golf with and fished with when I moved to Forster three years ago. It seems like yesterday. We forged a bond like no other. He is such a colourful character and wears his heart on his sleeve.
Riles most wonderful attribute is his dedication to his family and his friends. Three weeks ago we were in different hospitals in Newcastle. Mine wasn't serious....his certainly was. When he caught up with me all he could say was "I was so worried about you". That's the sort of man he is.
He has taught me a great deal about fishing and I admire his passion for this wonderful sport. He would often creep out at 5 am to catch the incoming tide and still be on the water on dusk. When he got to the cleaning tables he would love to have a chat to anyone who walks by and more than once would give his fillets away to a passerby. He lives a chat as long as it's about fishing.
I visit Riles every day (as does Norm, Roberta and his family). It's so sad to see what this insidious disease has done to such a passionate wonderful human being.
Whilst the end is nigh the memories will live on forever.
Love you Riles :cry:
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Postby Mackayak » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi Roberta it is tough times it is hard but remember the good times. Have a mate in similar situation nearly lost him a few weeks ago but better now. Be strong for them. Take care and our thought are with you all.
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Postby Grimbo » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:36 pm

In the words of Samuel Johnson, F Cancer!

My thoughts are with Riles and his family. Beautiful words Roberta, for one of KFDU's colourful characters.
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Postby Nativeman » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:25 am

Rest in Peace Riles...

Roberta a wonderful tribute
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Re: Riles is not well ... An incredible fisho who will be mi

Postby arpie » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:39 pm

RIP Riles ..... Gone Fishin'
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Re: Riles ... An incredible fisho who will be sadly missed

Postby Ads22 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:28 pm

:cry:
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Postby Leper » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:01 pm

Sorry to hear arpie, our thoughts are with all his family and friends! :cry:
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Postby Rory222 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:20 pm

:cry:
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Postby rocky » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:57 pm

Sorry to hear, our thoughts with all.

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Re: Riles ... An incredible fisho who will be sadly missed

Postby yaqdoq » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:32 pm

st Peter will wish he had a rod .
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