LOCAL man Steve Williamson was only a few votes off winning the title of the Best Small Tackle Shop in Australia for his shop in Jindabyne.
Steve Williamson's Tackle Shop was chosen as one of the five finalists across Australia and was just narrowly beaten by Complete Angler in Melbourne.
The small Jindabyne tackle shop was only 'micro' in size compared to the other finalists in the category.
Mr Williamson was overwhelmed with all the support his little shop had received.
"Thank you to everyone who voted, we really appreciate all of our supporters and everyone who took the time to vote," he said.
"We are proud to have been a finalist in Australia for such a little country town."
More than 500 people attended the Gold Coast award night hosted by the Australian Fishing Trades Association.
It was announced that shops in the Small Tackle Shop category received twice as many votes as those shops in the Large Tackle Shop category, which proved to many that you don't have to look too far for the best advice and service.