He’s been a stalwart of the bream fishing community in Tasmania and supporter of the ABT Tasmanian Road trip for years. Now working on a “startup” charter operation in Tassie, my good mate Leigh (Leroy) Mckenzie takes our Lucky 7 this week.
What’s your name and where are you from?
Leigh McKenzie. I was born in Devonport Tasmania. Lived there and Ulverstone till about 11 years old when we moved to Hobart where I’ve been ever since
What part do you play in the fishing community today?
Until recently I’ve been your normal keen as mustard angler that just happens to love tournament fishing as well. Now I’ve decided on a lifestyle change and am attempting to juggle a normal day job while trying to get a charter business off the ground. (Oh fancy that, an opening for a free plug ) My website is breamandtroutfishingtasmania.com and I have a facebook page, bream and trout fishing Tasmania.
Tassie is a beautiful place to fish and because of the price and time to get a boat down here from the mainland, it costs about the same to fly down and hire me.
What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
My brother and I used to catch little rock fish and eels by hand when we were 6-7 years old at Coles Beach and the Don River. One of us would lift a rock and the other would dive on the first thing that moved, and just hope it wasn’t a blue ringed octopus.
We then started to tie a bit of line onto a stick and go and catch blackfish, roaches and galaxia on worms out of local creeks and the family farm dam.
What is your greatest fishing memory?
I can honestly say I don’t have a “greatest” fishing memory but rather a copious amount of great memories that run like a highlights reel in my head, sometimes with music and all.
It’s a combination of fishing with mates, beautiful places, epic fights and roastings, tournament wins and that 1 fish or particular moment or realisation that was the turning point to get us over the line.
It ends in my head with the guitar solo in All along the Watchtower as I hit a rope the local coppers had strung across some bridge pylons as a start line for rowers at a local regatta. I hit it at 90kph and the electric motor took the brunt of it slowing us down to 40-50kph before the bolt on the electric gave way and the rope got me around the neck ripping me out of my seat onto the back deck! I won’t make that mistake again.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Fulltime on the water would be nice
What’s top of the fishing “bucket list”?
It used to be a GT or cobia but I bowled them over 2 years ago. Now I actually don’t have one and would really just love to fish different places for anything that swims………..and preferably jumps when hooked!
Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Too many to list and won’t even go there, would be sure to miss a few out