Lucky 7 with Jim Barrie

Today we throw our Lucky 7 at Jim Barrie the former, long time president of Basin Lure and Fly and one of the driving forces behind the scenes of the Squidgy Southern Bream Series.

 1. What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Jim Barrie. I was born and bred in Central Queensland to a Beef farming family.  I spent most of my youth in the farm machinery industry before meeting my wife and moving to the south coast of NSW ten years ago.

2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?

I work for Hobiecat Australiasia. In my spare time, along with a host of Basin Lure and Fly Volunteers, for the last five years we have run the Southern Bream Series now named the Squidgie Southern Bream Series. 

3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?

Early on, when I was about 7-8, the Beach fishing in Queensland – catching your own beach worms and fishing all day until my relatives moved away from the beach. After that I didn’t really fish much till I was in my twenties. I moved down to the south coast and my wife and I did up her grandfather’s old Quinnie. We started out spending time together soaking baits for a feed of flathead for her father – and after discovering non-stinky soft plastics and hard bodies I was hooked for life. I was probably quite fortunate to start out in St Georges Basin as it made it easier.

4. What is your greatest fishing memory?

Catching a Flathead over a metre and three others over 90 cm, in one outing and over the space of 50 square metres. All the same I was targeting Snapper to start with!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am looking to start a family with my wife’s permission and participation. But job wise exactly where I am.  I love it.

6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?

Catching my first Marlin – and not just standing on the boat taking footage or helping organize the boat. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride don’t they say.

7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?

Early days Steve starling, Steve Morgan, Ian Miller, Chris Wright.

A big thanks to Jim for taking the time away from starting a family with his wifes “participation” to answer our Lucky 7

4 responses to “Lucky 7 with Jim Barrie

  1. I like that jewie spot hehehehe, I reckon there’s a fare few fishos out there that have caught marlin but a meter flathead is just a dream, great work guys on recognising a true building block in our sport!

  2. That’s an awesome Flathead, in am with Crommo, Marlin phew in the shoe box already to crack a metre flathead is a mean feat. Good on you Jim.

  3. Pingback: Mythical monsters; dusky flathead over a metre | Flick and Fly Journal·

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