Steve Teale takes our Lucky 7 this week. Steve is the secretary of the Richmond Valley Sportfishing Club, avid sport fishing enthusiast and fly fisho, and he has PB Bass of 52 and 52 cm – caught on fly!!
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Steve Teale. Originally a pommie, my folks came to Oz when I was 4 yrs old … I have been naturalised. Accent is gone .. I sound just like any other Aussie. Grew up on the South Coast near Kiama. Lived in Sydney, Brisbane .. now in the beautiful Northern Rivers .. Alstonville (near Ballina) for the last 5 years.
What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’m currently secretary of the RICHMOND VALLEY SPORTFISHING CLUB. We are a bass restocking club, though Fisheries are phasing out putting native bass into estuaries. We have looked at habitat regeneration in the Richmond and Wilson Rivers and also the creeks and streams around the place. We have interest in Land Care projects. Habitat makes fish happen. We are also keen sportsfisherpeople fishing the salt as well and we run fund raising comps, a major BASS and BREAM each year. Plus social events to encourage families to enjoy our great sport. We love our cod fishing with trips to Glen Lyon Dam and the surrounding creeks also.
What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I didn’t come from a fishing family, though dad would take me fishing as a nipper when we were on holidays. When I was 17 I was invited to go fishing with a mate who actually caught fish! Still vivid image in my head .. pumping squirt worms … baited on very light gear (for it’s day), glass rods and Alveys .. 6lb leaders .. next to nothing sinkers .. and catching very willing bream. So much fun I took dad the next day! I was into beach fishing, rock hopping, fishing for luderick off the stones and in the Lake (Illawarra). My mate took me to Wee Jasper (Snowies) and taught me about lures and spinners. Then one day we watched some fly fishermen waving their wands and the spell was cast, I was hooked. More trips to Jindabyne and Eucumbene ..
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Hmm, this is always the tough question. I love fly fishing and I’d have to say fly fishing in NZ with a guide is right up there. Fished a smaller lake, Lake Aniwhenua (An-a-fen-oo-a … NE of Taupo) with 4 other guys from a fly tying group I was part of in Brisbane, all fly fishing for a week, fishing the Lake from the bank and in a row boat and then indicator nymphing in the streams. I learnt heaps and caught some nice brownies and rainbows. The other great memory is fishing alongside John Schofield as he taught me his deep fly technique with his bass vampires. My PB bass are deep fly .. 52 / 53 cm
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
- Well I think I’ll join everyone else going to PNG to chase black bass … might have to beef up the fly rod!
- Fly fishing for salmon in Alaska.
- More Cod fishing in Oz.
- Barra up north … I’ve never been but would love to go some time.
- Learn how to use a baitcaster?
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I really appreciate other guys who are willing to share their wisdom of the sport. My fishing had a huge injection when I went to Brisbane. I bought a kayak which opened up more lure fishing opportunities. I also bumped into a bloke called Steve Morgan, whose mum Sue went to the same Quilting Group as my missus. Steve encouraged me to get into ABT tournaments and the learning curve and interest peaked again. I’ve only done a few bass and bream comps but loved it. At one bass comp I drew Tim Morgan as the boater .. fun day .. and the motto WHO SHARES WINS was obvious to me. You learn so much in a weekend and they are very well run.
Sport fishing is about the fun and challenge of out witting this creature with minimal brain capacity which sometimes makes me wonder about mine?!
Fishing with John Schofield was always an education .. he was willing to share his techniques and ideas.