Chef, freelance photographer and fishing writer Kris Sweres takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. Read through to get his take on the industry and his obsessive compulsive tackle collecting and categorising disorder.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Kris Sweres and I am a chef and freelance photographer. I grew up in Cremorne Point, Sydney where I cut my teeth on leatherjacket and yellowtail at pretty much every wharf round the harbour. I currently reside in beautiful Brisbane with my partner Rebecca and daughter Lily.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
Apart from generally just having an over whelming passion for the sport, I would easily fit into the category of ‘avid tackle consumer’ otherwise known as the dreaded ‘tackle junkie’. I have an obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to tackle and lures and spending hours just going through lure boxes and collections seems to be something I can’t get enough of!! I have also been a contributing writer for various publications over the years. I had my first article featured in Bass Sydney’s ‘The Bronze Battler’ at age 13. I was proud as punch to say the least and that started a lifetime obsession for bass fishing and lure fishing in general. Since then I’ve been a proud contributor for a number of years now with Fishing World Magazine writing both feature articles, seafood recipes and boat reviews. I have also had associations with Queensland Fishing Monthly and have recently been involved with lure and tackle reviews/photography for company’s such as E.J Todd, Damiki, Pontoon 21and Sebile.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
My first fishing memories where probably the same as most kids just fishing a piece of unweighted prawn from a dodgy handline off a jetty or pier catching whatever you could. Again like most kids whose fathers introduced them to it all my dad was no different and definitely to blame for a lifetime obsession. It’s been a while sorry but I think i caught my first yakka at age 3.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Not sure if you can class it as ‘greatest’ but one session sure stands out. My dad and I had one of those super hot bites landing and releasing over 100 bass at Lake MacDonald Queensland before the air around us went still and over my shoulder I spun around and saw the biggest, blackest storm front about to erupt. Erupt it did and managed to go down in the history books as one of the worse cyclones to hit the Cooroy/Pomona region in years. Long story short, the boat almost sunk from water intake (bilge just couldn’t keep up), I ended up smashed and bruised from hail stones (esky lids don’t offer much protection) and when we finally made it back to the ramp a 40 ft Eucalyptus tree had fallen on and completely squashed the 4WD…
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Just to be still fishing with my mates and in more debt to support my boat, tackle and luring addiction but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Without doubt Steve Starling has always been one of my fishing ‘icons’. The way this man constructs stories and scenarios to do with fishing is about as good as it gets in my opinion. I have followed his work for many years and always find his articles absolutely top shelf reading. Ian Miller is also another fisho I really admire and apart from being a good bloke he makes some damn fine rods in his spare time. Jim Harnwell and Stephen Booth who have both been encouraging with my hack style writing and gave me a go in their publications. Brad Sissins who is about as good a fishing (and all-round) photographer as your likely to see and lastly my dad. If I can still be getting up at sparrows and go fishing at his age i think i’ll be a happy camper!