Tasmanian, Jamie Henderson takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. A well respected tackle store owner on Tasmania’s East Coast, Jamie is also an accomplished Fishing Journalist and Photographer.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Jamie Henderson. I was born in Tasmania’s lower central highlands then raised in a west coast mining town until my early teens. My family then moved to the big city of Launceston where I lived until I was 29. While in Launceston attended college, studies Aquaculture at University then after a few years in the rat race I moved to St Helens on Tassie’s East Coast.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I currently own and run the towns local fishing tackle store St Helens Bait & Tackle, I have owned the store for around 7 years after working in and managing a number of other tackle store around Launceston and St Helens.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I would have to say that both my father and my grandfather both introduced me to fishing; both were hard core Trout Fly anglers and needless to say my first fish was a 2lb Brown Trout on a worm from a flooded creek with my dad when I was about 4 years old. From that moment on I pestered my dad all the time to go fishing and whenever I was at my grandparents place my grandfather would cop it too.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
mmmmm….there are so many, but my greatest and most favourite would have to be heading out to the Top Weir at Brumby’s Creek with my dad and grandfather chasing trout. We would all head off in different directions, do our own thing then meet back for a cuppa and some lunch, discuss the session then head out and do it again until dark…..there were some real rituals involved and some times I will cherish forever, catching a fish was really secondary to the outing but always welcome.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully spending less time behind the shop counter and more time on the water, traveling around gathering material for magazine articles and shooting lots of quality images. However the tackle store will always be my core business and my aim is for it to be that tackle store that lasts for 30 years in the town and becomes a real institution.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I suppose there is no one person as much as there are a lot of people over a long period of time. Who I looked up to 20 years ago is different to who I look up to today but I have always gravitated toward those that have done great things and contributed a great deal to the recreational fishing industry and community. People such as Rex Hunt, Steve Starling, Kaj Busch, Warren Steptoe, Rob Sloane, Noel Jeston, Jan Spencer and many many others….at the moment Will Benson is someone I have a lot of admiration for.