A really inspiring Lucky 7 this week from Grayson Fong as he recounts his journey from fishing with his father to sharing his fishing knowledge with as many people as he can. I believe we can all take something away from this story, no matter what our fishing ability.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Grayson Fong and I was born in New Guinea. My parents moved to Australia when I was only one so I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to experience New Guinea’s infamous reputation as being a fishing mecca. My parents have always resided on the northside of Brisbane and was brought up fishing Redcliffe since I could walk.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am an avid fisherman who’s aim is to introduce and educate as many people to our sport as I can. I was fortunate to be bought up by a fishoholic father where fishing for him wasn’t only a hobby but a way of life. Providing food for the family was the fuel that drives my father’s fishing addiction and his knowledge has been passed to me over countless hours together on the water. I love passing this knowledge onto beginners and first timers to the sport and hope it puts the same smile on their face as I have when I catch fish.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
As previously mentioned my dad was my biggest influence from a very very young age. But I had a little time away from fishing in my 20’s where I pursued the sport of triathlon. After reaching my goals in that sport, it’s where I met my best mate and bream tournament guru Tristan Taylor and that’s when the ball got rolling. In 2005, Tristo invited me down to the Gold Coast for a fish in the infamous canals of Runaway Bay in which we caught 50+ bream on surface in one session, therefore sealing my fate!! (I did buy a rod on the way home that day!!)
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
My greatest fishing memory was with my dad at the notorious reefs of Redcliffe when I was about 7-8 years old. Being too short to wade through to the outer reefs, my dad piggybacked me, two rods and two 20 litre white buckets out to a favorite spot of his where he plonked me on a coffee table sized bit of reef and told me to cast in this little bay. One after another we pulled in tiger squid from all directions to the point I had them stacked up all around my feet, never fearing I was going to get bitten as the fun factor was way too high. He then carried me, two rods and two white buckets full of squid through the rising tide back to safety without batting an eyelid. To this day I still fish that same reef and it’s a memory that will never leave me.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself still with a great passion for fishing and that of educating others about the finer arts of the sport. I also see myself as becoming a father by then, breeding the ABT champions of the future and hopefully passing on the knowledge I have gained over the years.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
For me, light game fishing is what I love the best. Using small lures, light lines and thin rods and chasing fish in different structure is what really floats my boat. (pardon the pun!!) Every time I take a friend or someone new to the sport out fishing and they catch a big bream on light gear that’s another tick on my bucket list.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I respect a lot of people in the fishing industry for many different reasons. Respect is only given by me where it is due and it’s not just on their fishing ability. As fishing plays a massive part in our lives, it’s not the be all and end all. It’s a vehicle to express our emotions but also a way we can educate others not only about our sport but about life in general. Those who teach me to be a better person first and angler second, definitely earn my respect.