Lucky 7 with Joe Crust

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He’s been a regular and active member on fishing forums and on the tournament scene in Australia.  All round good guy, Joe “Pukka” Crust takes our Lucky 7  interview this week.

1. What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Joe Crust. I was born in Windsor, England, (no, not the castle!). Arrived in Australia in ’88.

2. What part do you play in the fishing community today

I’ve been a pretty active member of a number of forums, and on the tournament scene for quite a few years. I enjoy promoting lure fishing wherever I can and I get real satisfaction out of introducing lure/catch and release fishing to newcomers.

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3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?

I’m not sure exactly what got me ‘hooked’ if you’ll pardon the pun, but I know I started very, very young. My Dad wasn’t a regular fisherman but he was responsible for taking me out in the very early days, driving to different fishy parts of the ‘world’ I couldn’t reach by bike. Having 3 ‘fishing’ uncles probably helped a bit too. Two of my uncles were also very keen ‘match’ (competition) anglers and one of the best presents I can remember as a kid was receiving a heap of Uncle Bob’s tackle after he’d decided to upgrade all his rods and reels.

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4. What is your greatest fishing memory?

I’ve been lucky and have many good fishing-related memories both past and present, but the one which immediately sprang to mind when I read the question happened when I was a young lad, fishing the River Thames near Oxford.

I was fishing for a freshwater fish called a ‘chub’ off a bridge over a little side-arm of the main river. The water was dark and shaded and all I could see were the white lips of some very large chub opening and closing. I tied on a tiny single hook and onto it put a piece of bread crust. Being very careful not to spook the fish, I ever-so-gently ‘plopped’ the bread on the water and watched as it very slowly sank into the murk. My heart and breathing stopped as a pair of disembodied lips moved in the direction of my bread and it suddenly disappeared. A short hard strike and mayhem ensued as the line shot off, did figure of eights and circles around the river (at least that’s how I remember it!). Lord knows how I managed to land the fish from where I positioned, but a very nice 4 and a half pound chub was the result. Not the biggest chub ever caught, but probably the biggest thing I’d caught up ’til then. I went on to catch many more bigger chub after that but that little memory has always stayed with me.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing a lot more exploring in my new kayak hopefully, and putting a bit more effort into my photography and writing. I’ll hopefully have a few of ‘question 6’ crossed off the list too! 🙂

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6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?

There’re a few actually. Some easy, some less so. Cod, Mangrove Jack, Barra…ummm… a 60cm+ bass would be nice too (I’m not greedy!)  I could probably catch all these species in one holiday if I put my mind to it (now there’s an idea!), but if it takes time so be it, I know I’ll cross them all off eventually, ‘cept maybe the 60cm+ bass.

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7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?

Maybe in the early days I looked up to the guys who were consistently in the top ten placings in tournaments simply because that’s where I wanted to be. I think my priorities have changed a little now and I most tend to look up to the guys who find the time and energy to balance their normal daily lives, and all the obligations that entails, with say, planning a trip, organising a club, or maybe even writing a blog!

2 responses to “Lucky 7 with Joe Crust

  1. Well said joe, keep up the great work(fishing) and look forward to getting out with you soon for a session.

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