7yo Isaac's Mobile Tackle Shop
HE could be the Fraser Coast’s youngest entrepreneur.
For the past couple of weeks Hervey Bay boy Isaac Rossetto has been towing a small black trailer from the back of his bike down Urangan Pier.
He picks a good spot, rests his bike against the railing and sets up a display of fishing must-haves.
The sign Isaac’s Mobile Tackle Shop lets passing fishermen and tourists know what he is up to.
And so Isaac sits beside his makeshift store with a cap keeping the sun off his smiling face and a bottle of water keeping cold in a bucket.
There are plenty of items up for sale for the fisherman who forgets his kit or snaps his line to a big whopper in the channels.
They include hooks, jig heads, spinners, poppers, sinkers, swivels, gulps and handline. There are also soft drinks available, Isaac’s most popular product, along with bait jigs.
His dad, Wayne, helps buy the stock which is sourced from “anywhere and everywhere”.
It was Wayne who also helped Isaac set up the mobile shop while next-door neighbour John Shillingford created his signs.
The Year 7 Star of the Sea student waits patiently on the pier every few days for up to four hours each time. Most of his customers are tourists, he says, and so far he has made about $90.
That money is being squirreled away for airline tickets to New Zealand so Isaac can visit family.
Isaac learnt to fish at age five; when he is older he would love to have a fishing store, much bigger than his one now.
Mum Diana Ashcroft says her son has always been a little entrepreneur: “Ever since he was five he has always had ideas.
“I think he started busking after his second guitar lesson and has had stalls at markets,” she said proudly. “It keeps him busy during the school holidays.”