Fishing journalist, photographer, former magazine editor and all round media guy David Granville takes our Lucky 7 interview this week
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is David Granville and I am a born and bred Queenslander. I grew up on the Brisbane bayside suburb of Manly but now reside on the Sunshine Coast.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
My background is in fishing journalism. I was the editor of Trailer Boat magazine and BlueWater Boats and Sportsfishing magazine but these days the photojournalism is more of a hobby and I have my own business which sells advertising for various fishing magazines and websites.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
My father was a mad keen fisho and put a rod in my hand as soon as I could walk. I never stood a chance really and I was his fishing companion for many years. He took me on a marlin charter when I was 13 and that is where my passion for offshore fishing began.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Having fished all around the world I could think of dozens of great experiences but one of my most recent is right up there. We were teasing juvenile black marlin at the top of Fraser Island and I was jumping in and photographing them. It was very cool – you jump into a mass of bubbles then all of a sudden there is a marlin right beside you chewing on the teaser. They had no interest in my presence at all.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Probably still doing what I am doing now. Selling enough ads so I can fish as much as possible and pen the odd story. I would like to do more photography but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to pay the bills.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
I have been fortunate enough to live a very full life so there isn’t much left in the bucket. But now that I have discovered photographing billfish in their natural habitat I am keen to spend more time in the water photographing them. Blue marlin is next.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
There are too many to list here but being a budding fishing journo as a youngster my head was buried in fishing mags and guys like Ron Calcutt, Vic McCristal, Steve Starling and Warren Steptoe had a big impact on steering my career path. Mal Florence was also a pioneer in fishing media that I looked up to. I used to watch his videos until the tape wore out. I am fortunate to have met all these men and I work with Starlo and Steptoe today. Ken Brown or ‘Brownie’ as he is more commonly known is also high on that list. He was the first one to take me marlin fishing and we still fish together 27 years later.