This weeks Scott Thomas takes time out of his busy schedule to answer our ‘Lucky 7’.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Scott Thomas and I’m originally from the Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney. I now live with my girlfriend in Sydney’s inner west, only a short cast from the water.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I work on Fishing World magazine as assistant editor and editor our boating section, Boat Fishing. I also edit a business-to-business magazine titled Marine Business. Besides that I always carry a camera, shoot loads of photos, and more recently I’m getting into video.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
It’s tough to remember when I didn’t fish. My dad was (and still is) a keen fisherman and I guess it rubbed off on me. Fishing’s in my blood. I lived and breathed fishing as a kid and no doubt that steered me in the direction for what I’m doing now.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
There’s a few, but the one that stands out was catching bonefish, baby tarpon, and snook on fly along a remote Cuban coastline. The Zapata Peninsula on the mainland of Cuba is a fully protected area with the local government only permitting a handful of anglers to fish at any one time. The area features miles and miles of shallow flats and mangroves. There are no outboard motors allowed and it’s 100 per cent catch and release. The fishing was amazing and the local culture so unique.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m happy to continue what I’m doing now, but with more focus on the growing demand for high quality video. And of course photography is something I’m always happy to be doing.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
That’s easy, giant tarpon off Florida. I’ve always desperately wanted to visit Florida given it’s history with our sport and the excellent fishing still available. Fingers crossed this will happen next year (I’m happy to accept donations).
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I look up to anyone who remains humble and still enjoys what they do. After all it’s a fun sport and industry to be involved with. There are my colleagues Mick Fletoridis and Jim Harnwell and others such as Pat Brennan, Bushy, and John Newbery. I’m a die-hard fly fisho so I look up to guys like Peter Morse and Justin Duggan and further afield, a few people I’ve never met, Lefty Kreh, Marshall Cutchin, and the late Jose Wejebe.
Photo credits toMick Fletoridis and Ken Smith