1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Shane Taylor, I grew up in Hunter Valley and when I finished school moved north to Armidale to study Marine Science. I then spent about 5 years in Coffs Harbour but have called Sydney home for the last 3 years.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I currently work in the retail side of the fishing industry so I’ll always be talking tackle to both the avid fishermen and beginners wanting to get into the sport. I also enjoy the competitive side of fishing and try to fish as many of the Hobie Kayak fishing tournaments as I can.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
From about the age of 6 my family went on Christmas holidays up the coast to Brunswick heads which was where my addiction begun. I would head out in the boat with my pop and uncle where we would pump some nippers and I would spend countless hours chasing bream, whiting and flathead around the river. Only heading up there once a year meant I had to feed my addiction closer to home so I started out chasing Carp on bread in the swamp behind home. From here things didn’t stop and I was soon chasing bass and bream on lures and doing as much fishing as I could.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I have so many great memories but the one that stands out the most was a trip to Monduran Dam in QLD back in 2008 with one of my best fishing buddies. We spent a week fishing the dam with perfect weather conditions. I can still clearly remember the first fish I hooked and it hit the lure about a metre from the boat in thick timber, I quickly had both thumbs on the spool with a meter plus Barra thrashing about beside the boat and me yelling at my mate to grab the net and hearing the reply “he’s too green to net” and then pop, the leader snapped and it was gone. We had an amazing week landing countless numbers of good fish with the biggest going 122cm.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still fishing and sharing my experiences with all my family, friends and anyone that will listen. I would love to be more involved in the technology, testing and product design within the industry.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
There are so many things on the list that I would love to do but heading over to Papua New Guinea to chase black bass would have to be at the top at the moment.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I look up a lot to the people that were around whilst my passion was growing such as Steve Starling, Bushy and Rex Hunt as they were the people that really got me addicted to fishing. These days I look up to all the other anglers out there that share my passion, the people involved in the tournament scene as tournament fishing wouldn’t be where it is without them and everyone that is involved in the evolution of fishing and its technologies.