This week in the Lucky 7, we talk to Fishing Photo Journalist Mark Gercovich. Hailing from Victoria, Daiwa, Minn Kotta and Humminbird sponsored angler, Mark is as keen about his tournament fishing as fishing with his two young sons
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Mark Gercovich. I am a PE teacher from Warrnambool in Victoria.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I have a passion for fishing photography and have contributed to many magazines including Modern Fishing and the AFN and Fishing Monthly stables. I am fortunate enough to have associations with wonderful companies such as Daiwa, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Cannon and Zipbaits. I have been competing in bream tournaments since 2004 but my breaming does suffer from my broad addiction to all types of angling.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
My father didn’t fish much but took me fishing like any dad would…I just got the bug. As he was complementing me on a recent magazine I was showing him the other day he said. “I knew you’d do something like that the way you always took so many pics of the little fish we used to catch and spend so much time drawing and reading about fishing.”
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Tough one, there is so many. Any big king or Southern Bluefin Tuna that I’ve caught out of my small bream boat is always awesome. Tournament wise a 2nd at an ABT at Mallacoota on my first visit there and after snapping my leccy shaft 5 mins into day one, was special. There are just so many memories though a recent special one was watching one of my sons catch his first brown trout the other day. That was a great thrill.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully doing everything I still do now. I am fortunate to live and work in a wonderful part of the world and have plenty of fishing opportunities. My two sons who are now 6 and 8 will still hopefully be the fish mad little monsters they are today.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
Love salmonids so would love to go to Alaska and target the massive trout and salmon over there. A trip to NZ after kings or WA for some samsons would be good due to my seriola addiction. Wouldn’t mind actually winning and ABT event. I’ve had something like 14 top 10’s from about 20 starts so I’ve got to be due ! But it doesn’t worry me, I just enjoy the challenge and the comradery.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I grew up through the Bushy and Starlo era so have always looked up to them. I always used to enjoy reading Steve’s articles in fishing magazines and dreamed of doing that myself. The work tournament organisers like Steve Morgan (and the ABT team) and Bill Hartshorne do is extremely undervalued. I know they gracefully put up with a lot but without them we wouldn’t have tournaments to fish. I have been fortunate to have many, many great mates that I fish with who are brilliant anglers themselves like Rudi Holzenfind, Jas Kelly, Scott Grey and Stewie McKinnon.