A family guy, keen fisho and tournament angler. He says he’s just your average consumer of fishing tackle and recently joined the Austackle Pro Team. Jonathan Thompson takes our Lucky 7 interview this week.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Jonathan Thompson, aka Jon.T, I was born in Northern Ireland and lived in Belfast until 1988 when my family made the move to Australia. In 1998 my wife and I moved out to Windsor where we lived happily in the vicinity of the mighty Hawkesbury river until 2009 when our annual Queensland family holidays finally got the better of us, so we packed up the family and headed just north of Brisbane in search of a better lifestyle.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I guess for the most part I am your average consumer of fishing product, I have recently been invited to join the Austackle pro team and am enjoying being a part of an active team who works together to develop, enhance and promote their products
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
There is no one thing I can put my finger on, I was given a fly rod for I think my 8th Christmas, so I guess the casting lessons from my dad, and my uncle persisting in teaching me not only to match the hatch but the art of tying flies was a good stepping stone. My fondest memories of living in Ireland are of walking one particular stream (the six mile water) which was always good for a few small trout and the occasional larger specimen.
Other than that it would be the crazy road trips taken with friends when we started getting our drivers licences and exploring various NSW river systems,
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Apart from my previous answer this is a hard one as I have great memories with all 3 of my children, but the one I will tell you about is a trip a couple of years back.
It was valentines day and the barometer was really unstable with a storm due to hit in the afternoon, after a couple of hours of nagging I convinced my lovely wife that it would be romantic to take a drive to a friend’s dam and paddle the tinny around for a while, unfortunately we where on the water for about 10 minutes when the heavens opened. My wife, who had never thrown a lure in her life had a few wild casts into the middle of the dam while I worked the edge of a nice patch of lily’s, when the rain hit she turned to me with that look and said “where should I throw it”? I pointed over to a snag and said, “try and get it as close as you can”.
Well… she threw a cast that you could not imagine was possible, it was a beetle spin with a 2inch paddle tail rigged on it, and it went a good 2m into the snag without touching a single branch, next thing I hear her say, “I think I have one” I giggled to myself thinking I was going to have to go and retrieve the lure then I seen the load on the rod nearly double, before I could say a word she had guided the 43cm fork length bass clear of the snag and was bringing it back to the boat. After she played it out at the side of the boat,(genius, no net) I lifted it in and the look on her face was amazing, I quickly measured the fish and asked her if she would hold it for a picture, to my delight and with a bit of coaching she held the fish up for a few great pics,
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be were I am now, maybe on better terms with my bank manager, but all in all, I would love to still be around the fishing industry and tournament scene, working for myself and having the support of my family to continue chasing my dreams.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
I would love to travel through the Russian wilderness chasing some crazy big salmon while performing quality control on their purest vodka
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Without naming anyone in particular, there are a lot of good people out there, who strive to make it a community rather than just a hobby for individuals, and of course people like the lureandfly.com crew who are in it for the love of the sport.