Aidan Robertson takes our first Lucky 7 interview for 2013. A Hervey Bay local, Aidan is a passionate kayak angler, freelance fishing writer and lure junkie.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My Name is Aidan Robertson, Born in the town of Maryborough, and have been lucky enough to live in the fishing mecca of Hervey Bay, Qld, since being born.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I have an immense passion for the sport of fishing and kayak fishing in particular. I am a freelance writer and contribute regularly to Blade, Yak Fisher and Tackle Tactics Magazines.
I spend most of my time fishing from kayaks, although I love getting out on the boat to chase those bigger sport fish once in a while. I love collecting lures, older wooden lures and looking at the history behind them which has led me into making a few lures myself. So in my spare time when I’m not putting a short video together, or writing an article I will be out in the shed working on a new style of lure – ‘Lollypop Lure’.
Catching a fish on a lure that you have spent long hours working on to make perfect is very satisfying.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I have been lucky enough to grow up in a family that has always loved fishing, so I have been out there on the water from a young age.
My first experience lure fishing was when I was around 6 years of age, when out chasing flathead. This day saw the change of my fishing. In 2008 I bought my first kayak and this is where my fishing has taken off to. I love flicking a lure or fly these days at anything that swims, in the kayak up a skinny water creek or out in the Bay from a boat, any time on the water is time well spent!
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
My greatest fishing memory is actually one that didn’t happen too long ago.
Ticked two boxes in the one day. We were up Fraser Island fishing the last of the snapper season before they headed out of the bay when I cast out a 5” plastic and as soon as it hit the surface, a fish grabbed it and took off, its tail come out of the water and I was in shock, I was hooked up to my first black marlin. After an intense fight we landed the fish on the beach at Fraser Island, with whales breeching in the background. Are there many more places in the world you could do this?
Caught on 20lb braid and 30lb leader I was pretty happy with my efforts. The day continued and we saw a few Longtail tuna busting up. So after chasing them for a while, losing them and getting busted off, I finally hooked up to a solid fish. The power in this fish was like no other, and the drag of the reel was screaming. After an intense battle wondering if the fish had me or I had the fish, it finally gave in and came to the surface. My first Longtail tuna was landed.
Two awesome fish landed in the one session, I was one very happy man.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to see myself having some sort of a job in the fishing industry in the future and competing in the tournament scene. I love photography and videography and would like for this to grow, maybe in front of the camera through dvd’s, tv or fishing books.
I like to share what I know, and fishing experiences I have had so I will be writing for different publications along the way. But who knows where the future may take me, I’ll just keep doing what I love.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
Right now, while the season is running red hot, it is chasing the Black Marlin, Longtail Tuna and Golden Trevally that Fraser Island has to offer.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I look up to the likes of my sponsors. They are always there to help me out, and have supported me through my growing fishing journey.
I look up to many fellow fishermen, photographers, and videographers in the fishing community, David Granville, Ben Godfrey, and Scott Mitchell are 3 of the many talented people I look up to, can ask advice and go for a fish with.