Today, one of the nicest guys on the kayak tournament scene takes our Lucky 7. Scott is easily recognisable at kayak events because he is usually rolling his eyes at us and turning red from embarrassment when we constantly refer to him as “World Champion”. You’ve got to love the good old Australian “tall poppy syndrome”
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Scott Baker and im from Mornington in Victoria. I grew up inland an area called Narre Warren and spent most weekends chasing redfin and small fish in the local creeks, my grandparents lived on Raymond island in the Gippsland lakes and they fished for bream 6 days out of 7 for over 15 years and all my school holidays I can remember were spent with them.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
It would have to have been my Grandparents and cousin, I would visit my grandparents and everything revolved around fishing. My Grandfather was dedicated to chasing fish and it was his full time adventure. He was retired and we would get up really early before dawn, he would listen to national news from the ABC (it has that same music introduction today) and then we would start the process. Bait collection, which for me as an easily distracted 4 year old, was the best part. We would catch everything subject to the time of year and conditions. One holiday it was fresh shrimp the next it would be sand worms or crabs
My Granddad was an inventor and he would make all these really cool devices to catch bait, all the bait collecting was at the end of his street and he would ride his bike down with all the gear and then ride back full of bait. Fishing has just become part of my DNA
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I have had so many great memories of fishing and that’s what keeps me coming back for more . Catching my first ever fish, a redfin on a lure when I was about 5 was fantastic. Landing a 1.78kg Bream during a comp was certainly one of the most adrenalin packed moments I could barely stop shaking for a good hour or so and was relieved to jam it into the live well, and then equally as excited to see my mates reaction when it came out of the live well, I was known as Scotty B Bear for while.
Winning the 1st Hobie Fishing Worlds was simply amazing. Fishing amongst some great anglers and to have the luck fall my way over the 3 days was and still is a massive highlight. Also, watching my kids cast and hook a fish on hard bodies and seeing their face light up is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction as well.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Doing the comps, taking my kids to more remote fishing areas and filling their memory banks with great stories so they can look back at the moments like I do and hopefully inspire them to have a love of fishing like I have.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Steve Morgan is someone who created the fishing comps platform that I love being a part of here in Australia and this has opened up a big window allowing me to travel around this great country. Steve Fields has also played a huge role by introducing the kayak series and to the platform and this has led to me being able to travel to the US to defend my world title and many other great memories, who would have thought that Kayak fishing in a tournament would go international, great vision on Steves behalf.