Christine Hunt takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. Christine is Club President of the Gold Coast Sportsfishing Club, and says fishing and boating have always been a constant factor in her life. Read her story here…
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Christine Hunt, I live on the Gold Coast in QLD. The Gold Coast was always a popular holiday spot for my family when I was a kid and when I received my first teaching post to Southport I could not have been happier.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
Club President Gold Coast Sportsfishing Club. Which delivers the Gold Coast Flathead Classic, Easter Bream Classic, Dash for Cash Bream and Flathead and the Top Gun Flathead Comp. You will usually find me organising and on the mic at these events. Plus we run a large range of club activities.
I am also the webmaster for our club site check us out at www.flatheadclassic.com.au and write occasionally for Qld Fishing Monthly. Further I support my partner Tracey Mammen who competes in Bream ABT and teams events travelling with her when it fits in with work.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I cannot recall my age when I first picked up a rod or more likely a hand reel but it was very young. My childhood and youth were full of camping and fishing trips and I did a lot of fishing with my Dad both from a boat and surf fishing for Tailor, Whiting, Dart etc. I know I got into trouble big time when I was 5 for taking off on my bike with some older kids in the neighbourhood to a local creek and dam to catch yabbies and bass. I just could not get enough no matter what type of fishing it was.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
It is so hard to pick just one! I have been lucky to do quite a bit of fishing so a long term memory from my childhood would be surf fishing on Bribie Island from daybreak, with a fire on the beach catching tailor and cooking them right there on the coals. Short term would be Barra fishing earlier this year on the Daly River in NT.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5 years is a long time and I try not to think that far ahead, but the reality is if I look back, fishing and boating have always been a constant in my life. So I expect in 5 years it will still be important to me. Now I take quite a front role in delivering comps and club activities. I think there will be less of this in the future as it does tend to take its toll and impact your professional life.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
More Barra fishing! Especially the run off.
7.Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
David Green: fishing journalist, Dr and founder of the Gold Coast Flathead Classic. When you fish alongside David whether in an estuary, offshore or up north for Barra you can’t help but learn something and I have been lucky enough to pick up a few things from him. Not to mention his great stories when you spend time on the boat.