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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!