This week Robert Searing proprietor of Searing Tackle takes our Lucky 7 interview.
A relatively “new kid on the block” in the Australian fishing industry, with a passion for converting “baito’s” to dedicated lure fishermen, Robert has fished for a number of exotic species from all over the globe.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Robert Searing. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and moved permanently to Australia in 2006. Before the move,I spent a little time in the UK as well as visiting Brisbane on holiday in mid 2002.
I am now based in Brisbane with my wife, Hilary and son, Tyler.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am the proprietor of Searing Tackle and we supply brands such as Damiki, Pontoon 21 and Fish Arrow to stores all around the country. We also sponsor various fishing comps and online comps as well.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
Like most anglers, I can thank my old man for introducing me into fishing.
I was about 8 or 9 at the time and dad was getting back into fishing. We started fishing for Tilapia but very soon moved onto Largemouth Bass. I think we did the Tilapia thing with bait for a couple of months and then it was lures all the way chasing Bass and other predatory species.
The excitement of catching fish had me hooked from the beginning.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
This is tough one , my first barra is up there, along with a crazy 30 minute bass fishing session that saw my mate and I cull our limit 3 times over with 7lb plus bass on 10 inch soft plastics and eventually get 2nd place at a club comp, but for me my greatest fishing memory happened a few years back on a visit back to Zimbabwe.
We were on a house boat and went on the tender boat around 5am, we drove over a hippo in a river channel which had me on edge, caught bream and tiger fish against a backdrop of elephants and various antelope to top it off, had a 4 metre crocodile swallow one of the tenders anchors and tow us around a bit and give us a scare. I got a bit of video footage of it as no one would believe my father inlaw or myself that this had happened. That video is on youtube. All this happened before 8am when we went in for breakfast. The rest of that day was spent catching tigerfish with my brother and father. Catching these fish with all that wildlife around was a great experience to share with family.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself still in this competitive industry, I am a relatively new player compared to many of the larger more established brands.
My aim is to get my all brands to the stage where they are household names as it where, and to try to get more and more people involved in lure fishing, especially kids and encouraging catch and release fishing in general.
6. What’s top of the fishing “bucket list”?
The fishing bucket list is pretty big, Murray Cod , Queenfish and Saratoga are up there for Aussie species as well Tarpon in Costa Rica, Peacock bass and Payara in Brazil and Dorada in Argentina.
I also really get a kick out of converting baito’s into dedicated lure fisherman and helping someone get a pb is pretty cool.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Jose Wejebe from Spanish Fly in the States was a great inspiration, I watched his show for many years and he was very passionate about what he did before he passed away.
Locally, I respect those that are trend setters or do something innovative. Steve Morgan for what he has done with competitive fishing in this country and what that has done for the industry as a whole.