Alan (Buz) Loftus takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. Well respected in tournament circles, he’s a talented angler with a burning desire to compete.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Alan Loftus aka Buz. I grew up in the inner city Sydney suburb of Redfern and now living in the burbs at Carlingford.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’m a competitor on the Bream tournament circuits and organize and run, along with my best buddy Rosco, the NSW Bream Classics.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
As a little kid growing up in the inner city we used to get around all over the place, we’d wander around Circular Quay watching all the old guys catching yellowtail and leather jackets and at some point around the age of eleven a gang of us started fishing at CQ when we weren’t playing League or Cricket.
On the odd occasion we’d be naughty boys and throw a line in the ponds in the Botanical Gardens and hook a carp, then run for the hills. Sport took over and it wasn’t until I’d ripped both knees to pieces and my dream of playing for South Sydney was over that I rediscovered fishing, a work mate took me Luderick fishing at Balmain in my early twenties and that quickly turned into a passion and got me on the piscatorial highway.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
From the past, definitely hanging out with the old eccentric Luderick fisherman around Balmain, once they accepted you they’d teach you everything, great stories and great characters from a time past, like black and white tv.
Also my land based adventures at Devils Gorge Jervis Bay and Curracurrang, dragging mates along to sleep in caves and carrying in buckets of yakkas in the dark climbing down cliffs, crazy but good times. And of course competing with Rosco.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I love sport and the need to compete so I reckon I’ll still be tournament fishing and getting back into some offshore stuff as well.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
I’ve always wanted to do the New Guinea Black Bass thing after seeing videos of Harro using pliers to do the drag up on Abu 7000’s and getting smashed, that’s primal.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
The guys that are putting it out there and investing in providing avenues and platforms for anglers to come together, guys like Phil Coles, Steve Morgan etc. Obviously I have a bias towards tournament fishing but the tourney scene has so many great characters and has provided me personally with so many good mates and good times I just love it.