Veteran freelance writer, photographer, videographer, David Seaman takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. David requires little introduction. He’s been writing columns for fishing magazines since the age of 14, some 35 years ago.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Dave Seaman “Seamo” and I was born in the Riverina at Wagga Wagga base hospital. At about 8 yrs old the family moved to the Blue Mountain for a couple of decades and I now live on 10 acres in God’s country near Forster NSW.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am a freelance writer, photographer, videographer and illustrator and have been since 1977 when, at 14yrs old, I secured a regular column in Fishing News. In the 35 years since I have had material published and commissioned for all the major publications in the country. I have also illustrated the TAG (Tournament Angler’s Guide) and worked for the Fishing Monthly Group for more than 20 yrs doing area reports for the Nepean River and currently for Forster. I’m proud to have produced the widely acclaimed Wild River Bass DVDs and my current involvement with FishLife journal has me excited about the direction and content of fishing publications in this country, we have some very exciting stuff coming up. I trade now as Drop Lizard Media and I’ll have a website up in the next week or so just to use up any spare time I thought I had.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I remember my first fish clearly (it was a 4lb carp) at the age of 4yrs old, though the photo hereabouts is at the age of 2 yrs old, complete with Alvey, solid glass rod and dummy. Family outings on the Murrumbidgee River, while we lived in Wagga, were obviously formative years.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
There has been so many and if I have to pick just one…ok two…….it would probably be my very first bass at 12yrs old and landing a 65cm wild river bass (605 fork length) 30 years later. I love the bass fishing experience, the whole experience, the environment and feel. So when you pull the bass of a lifetime, at midday, using a new technique and homemade lure…how does it get better than that?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still above ground and on or under the water. I have plans to produce more DVDs and fishing media so I’ll be chasing deadlines and pissing editors off, by not making them. HA! Generally I should be doing what I have done for the past 30 odd years, exploring how best to convey my love of fishing to the fishing audience that buy magazines or watch DVDs.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
The first thing that springs to mind is to be able to clean fish on the kitchen sink without the wife going off at me….but fishing wise? I’d say it would be to travel and chase Peacock Bass and Dorado (Argentina). I’ll settle with catching one of everything before I die.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Starlo and Steve Morgan are just two guys in the industry that I really respect. Steve Morgan is a guy driven by his dreams and concepts and has developed his visions. It has been a real education, for me, to have fished the very first NSW ABT tournament and I’m amazed at the progress and development of the events and peripheral marketing of tackle, boats, and parallel competitions since.
Starlo published my first main stream article in Fishing World when I was 15 yrs old and I consider Starlo a mate, with whom I have shared tournaments, bass trips and even shared the gaze of cameras for The Fishing DVD. I reckon Starlo has forgotten more than I know and he has my utmost respect as a fellow writer and he loves my wife’s cooking….someone has to!!!