This week Josh Batterson shares his thoughts in our Lucky 7 Interview. Well known in the industry as the owner of Skeeter Australia and Bassboatshop.com.au, Josh recently won the BETS $20000 first prize with team Matt Webb
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Josh Batterson, currently living in Sydney – the greatest city in the world, but grew up and learned fishing at South West Rocks in NSW
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am the importer of the market leading Skeeter Bass Boats, along with our other business bassboatshop.com.au. Our business has been going for 8 years with over 380 new boats sold.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I was 2 years old when I first started fishing, and my first memory of a fish was a whiting off a beach. I was handed a rod that my uncle had cast out and told to hold on (probably around 5 years old), and then this little whiting got on, I couldn’t wind so I just ran up the beach holding the rod. For some reason I just love fishing in all its forms!
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I have many memories, but a few stand out! Trolling for blue Marlin in kona Hawaii, and then hooking and tagging and releasing a 700lb’er, 100kg plus Bluefin Tuna off Sydney, A memorable snapper trip to SA with good mates, catching a 33kg Mulloway off the Rocks at SWR, Numerous Bluefin Tuna off the stones, a 30kg Spanish Mackeral, Largemouth Bass in the USA, Tiger Fish in South Africa and I am sure there are many more!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still selling Skeeter boats, fishing more and more and enjoying life to its full – you only live once
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
Fishing wise – probably the Amazon! Life wise, visiting India to spend some time in Corbett National Park watching the Tigers!
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Laurie McEnally, my longtime friend who I credit with taking my life and involving it with fishing and the great community that surrounds our sport.
John Dunphy – purely for what he has done with a product here in Australia