Mike Cole takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. As the Director of Austackle, Mike has sacrificed a lot of his fishing time to design and manufacture his range of tackle. He gives us his insight into the Australian Fishing Industry here.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Mike Cole – Originally from England but have lived in the South East Queensland since 1973.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
Managing Director of Austackle – Fishing Tackle Manufacturer and Wholesaler.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I was 8 years of age when I went on my first charter boat trip off the coast of North Wales chasing mackerel. My Dad and I caught over 100 between us on lures made from feathers (UK mackerel are a much smaller species) and that had me hooked for life.
Living in the Midlands, most of my fishing in non-school holiday periods was done in rivers and lakes. During school holidays I went with my Dad and Uncle all over the UK on Charter Boats and fishing from the beaches.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Definitely catching my first Yellow Fin Tuna off Browns Mountain in Sydney in about 500 metres of water. I caught it on a prototype lure I had designed and it weighed 44.6kgs. It took me over an hour to bring it onboard on 8kg gear. It was my biggest ever fish at the time (other than Thresher Sharks off the coast of Trinidad in the West Indies but that’s a story in itself!)
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully spending a lot more time on the water fishing and a lot less time stuck in front of a computer!
I totally underestimated how much of my fishing time would disappear when I started off designing and manufacturing fishing tackle some 9 years ago.
My son Ben is gradually being given more and more responsibility and in 5 years time I hope he will be running the day to day operation.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
It is a tough question as there are many places I want to go to and fish. The Rowley Shoals for example off Western Australia chasing Pelagics and fishing for wild Barra in the Northern Territory would definitely be near the top.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Steve Morgan would rate very highly. He has done so much for the Sportsfishing community in this country.
I have a huge amount of respect for his knowledge and opinions and I have learned a lot from him over the past few years as I made the transition from predominantly offshore to specialising in the Bream Bass Barra rod and lure market.