WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO FISHING?
I got into fishing when I was 7-8 years old. My father would take me down to the local jetties and piers, just catching whatever was about. After the first trip I was “hooked”, and it’s been an obsession ever since.
SHARE A FAVOURITE FISHING MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE
Setting out to get a southern bluefin tuna in every month of the year off southern Tasmania, back in 2015. Then three years later catching a 122kg tuna in November to complete this personal quest. The fish and fishing I experienced whilst attempting this was awesome, with very few boats present on most trips.
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FISHING SPOTS?
The remote southwest coast of Tasmania, Eaglehawk Neck, and fishing over the continental shelf. I also love fishing anywhere new and different, either interstate or overseas.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO FISH?
I love the challenge, every day is different and just when you think you’ve got it worked out, you realise you still know very little. Feeling the anticipation of not knowing what you have on the end of the line, or during long fights, the mental and physical stress of not knowing whether you will actually land the fish. Eating what I catch is also a big part of fishing for me. I like knowing where my food comes from, the preparation stage, all the way through to cooking. I enjoy trying different species of fish as well as different ways of cooking it. Also seeing the excitement and joy that fishing brings to friends is very satisfying.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FISHING STYLE?
Trolling for tuna. In Tasmania the majority of our main tuna fishing locations are focused around spectacular locations, with towering sea cliffs and offshore islands.
I never tire of trolling around the amazing scenery, and the excitement of seeing fish busting up on the surface amongst a range of other wildlife. Then the anticipation of waiting for a reel to scream off, or sometimes multiple reels. Also not knowing the size of the fish which takes the lure, it could be 10kg or 100kg+! The big fish can be a physical and mental challenge, and of course, they are delicious and are very versatile when it comes to cooking.. (That’s if I even cook it at all!).