WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO FISHING?
Having not grown up with a fishing background, it wasn’t until I met my husband, Dean (who has fishing in his blood) 16 years ago that I discovered the wonderful lifestyle fishing had to offer. Every holiday we would (and still) go on would have to be near water which of course meant packing the rods. In our early years he would take me spear fishing but I quickly learned that lure fishing was my preferred technique. It’s really only been during the last 10 years that this passion for me developed further after having children. Spending quality time with our children is invaluable and there are so many wonderful benefits that this hobby provides.
SHARE A FAVOURITE FISHING MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE WITH US
Witnessing our daughter (who was 8 at the time) land her PB brown trout is a memory I will cherish forever. We were on the boat and she was lure fishing, once she hooked the fish I remember hearing her squeals of excitement and her little eyes lit up. The fish fought hard and she was hanging on to her rod for dear life. My husband was guiding her with what to do. At one point the fish took off and headed toward a buoy, we knew this could end badly (as we had previously lost fish this way) so we followed the fish using the electric motor. Once the fish had tired and we knew she was going to get it, the emotions were peaking. My husband netted the fish and as he lifted it to the boat we looked at Vera and she was trembling, she had tears running down her face and I couldn’t work out what had happened, I asked her if she was ok, to which she responded, “I’m just so happy, I can’t believe how big my fish is!”. I turned to look at my husband and that was it, there were happy tears all round! Her trout measured in at 58cm and her photo made it to the front covers of Fishing Monthly magazine and also the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide. She has truly lapped up her 15 minutes of fame!
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FISHING SPOTS?
As predominately freshwater anglers, we love our lake and river fishing. Bank fishing with kids is great fun as they can go off and explore. We also spend a lot of our time on the boat, both casting lures and trolling, we are also exploring fly fishing more and are keen to upskill in this area. We live in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria (Australia), and our favourite locations include the Loddon River, Goulburn River, Lake Wendouree and many other local reservoirs and waterways.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO FISH?
Casting and retrieving allows me to become completely absorbed in what I am doing, being able to switch off and enjoy being solely in that moment is so therapeutic. For me fishing is the catalyst, it’s the key, which enables and creates our adventures that in turn has formed our family lifestyle.
Catching fish, whilst incredibly rewarding and fun is actually irrelevant to the core of the holistic benefits. Being present in the moment, taking care of our mental health, bonding with family and experiencing new places and wonders together, is creating the memories that will be everlasting.