Toni Potter takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. A talented and prolific Kayak angler, Toni is a great ambassador promoting Kayak fishing for women.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Hi my name’s Toni Potter and I live on the sunny south side of Brisbane,QLD.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’ve been kayak fishing now for just over 7 years and 3 and 1/2 years ago I was offered a sponsorship deal with Ocean Kayak in which I am proud to be associated with to promote kayak fishing for women.I’m also a moderator on KFDU (Kayak Fishing Down Under ) and on Sweetwater.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
With my parents coming from a fishing background I suppose it quite natural for me to follow in their footsteps. During my early years my parents spent their time living, gem mining and travelling in a 27ft caravan along the east coast of Australia.
We lived in Dandenong,Victoria for a brief time with Mum & Dad fishing 90 Mile beach for salmon with me tucked up in the back of their old HR wagon watching from the sidelines down on the beach.
We eventually settled in South East Queensland when I was about 5 yrs old, where I grew up fishing from firstly a 12ft tinny and Dad eventually upgraded to a 5m half cab fibreglass runabout.We spent many long weekend’s and school holidays camping out in the boat or based at “The Bedroom’s” on the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island. I’d be always out in the tinny fishing the flats chasing anything with fins or targeting the sand crabs. When the tailor were running we would walk across to the ocean side of the island and have a blast in the surf often struggling back with heavy bags and sore arms.
As I grew into my teens we chased the dart and tailor during their season from Byron Bay finishing off with two weeks on Fraser Island. Back then you could go days without seeing another 4WD on the beach and it was a fairly wild untouched place. I was away from fishing for 12 years, raising a son but after the expiry date ran out on my marriage I returned to my first love, fishing and camping.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
With so many great fishing memories that I’ve gathered along the way currently my most memorable fishing moment would be my recent trip to Wilderness Island In Western Australia back in May of this year. During the week I was there I caught and landed a beautiful Golden Trevally and a Queenie from the kayak that went approximately 75-80cm & 85-90cm’s respectively.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’ll probably be still working to pay for my future fishing trips around this wonderful country of ours.I’m lucky in that my job entails a 4 on & 4 off roster so I’m able to get out kayak fishing quite a bit on my days off if the weather allows it. Once a month I try to head off camping and kayak fishing within the south east Queensland corner to northern New South Wales.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
I’d have to say Longtail Tuna from the kayak.I was hoping to get out and target them this season but as I’ve been away travelling quite a bit this season I may have left it too late. Oh well there’s always next year!
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Wow…I actually have 3 beautiful people who I admire. Firstly my parents for instilling the wonderful gift of a deep love for fishing and everything that is the outdoors. I continue to thank them to this day for it!
Secondly…. Harro! I love his down to earth attitude to life and his no holes barred ability to promote fishing in all it’s glory minus the egostical attire that is so prodominant.His willingness to share his endlessly deep knowledge of all that is fishing and what makes certain fish tick.