An accomplished angler and kayaker, National Sales Manager at Juro Ozpro Tackle, Rick Massie takes our Lucky 7 Interview this week.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’m the National Sales Manager at Juro Ozpro Tackle and have been with the company for 22 years.I started as a Store person and have progressed through the company. I enjoy fishing socially and tournaments whenever a chance arises. I’ve also do some TV shows and segments on Fishing Trip with Jason Kennedy.
3. What really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I started fishing at a young age probably around 2 1/2 years of age.Dad was an avid angler and so were both my Grandparents. Mum was still going out chasing Tuna with Dad off Eaglehawk Neck when she was 7 1/2 months pregnant, so I think it was in the blood. From around 12 years of age I tried to fish at every chance which drove my parents crazy. At least I wasn’t out there doing graffiti, stealing cars or other silly things teenage boys do.
4. What’s your greatest fishing memory?
I’ve been lucky as an angler and it is probably to hard to give just one memory.
Two fantastic trips were probably my second trip to New Zealand fly fishing and landing nearly 200 trout over 3lb in 9 days, fishing was insane.
I would say a session down in East Gippsland a few years ago with our 5 Bream coming in at over 10kg, with 3 in the well over 2.3kg. This years day one bag at the Marlo ABT Kayak event would be the best memory though in a competition format, as I said, I have been spoilt.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d hope to still be involved in the fishing industry and to have helped grow the brands we represent into products that anglers respect and have as must haves in their tackle boxes. I would also like to hope I have more success in competition style fishing.
6. What’s top of your fishing “Bucket list”?
Having done most forms of fishing the Bucket list is getting shorted.
Maybe getting a 1 metre+ Mulloway out of the yak or a Bream bigger than 2.5kg.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
A couple of people I look up to in the fishing community, would be Steve Morgan for his foresite and drive to get a serious competition style fishing format started in Australia, and what this has spawned in other competitions and what it has done to help grow the industry through out Australia.
Secondly the person that gave me and opportunity to work in the fishing industry Stuart McLaughlin. Stuart has helped me grow and develop through the teaching of business accruement. Stuart has also given me the opportunity to help develop products for the Australian market with the assistance of our Agency partners, in which when you go out and have success using those products, gives you a buzz and to see other anglers have success with these products is a real pleasure.