Tackle consumer, product tester and tournament angler Cameron Jones takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. He’s a 16 year veteran Freelance Writer and Photographer and he’s travelled the globe fishing for some exotic species in some even more exotic places.
1.What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Cameron “Cam” Jones, and I am born and bred in Sydney.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am a tackle consumer, product tester and tournament angler. I was a Freelance Writer, Photographer for 16 years, (National Field Editor with Fishing World and Modern Fishing) and produced “Sydneys Top Fishing Spots” with Federal publishing.
I have a Website, http://www.camfishing.com.au , which is being rebuilt as we speak and look to produce fishing video uploads and tips.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
Getting into fishing was inevitable as my grandfather, father, mother, uncles and cousins all enjoyed the pursuit of angling. My grandparents lived on Tuggerah Lakes on the central coast and from the age of 4, I spent most weekends and school holiday there.
My Grand Parents and my father were the greatest supporters. Dad was on the road a lot when I was a kid and would bring me back the latest fishing magazine. Dad worked for Coleman when they first hit Australia and organized work experience with Fishing World and State Fisheries when I was 16 years old..I am extremely grateful for that.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I have been pretty fortunate to have travelled around Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe, and the islands over the past 30 years and fished for a wide range of species..
Hard to single one out, Big GTs on fly, World Record Queenfish and Longtails on fly and a weekend when I landed a 150kg Striped Marlin on 10kg and then backed it up the following day with an 80.5kg Striped Marlin on 8kg off Sydney during a game Tournament are right up there.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Fishing more tournaments, travelling to new countries and trying to seek out new adventures both here and around the globe.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
Travelling has enabled me to fish for some amazing fish in exotic places. Recently I fished Asia for Giant snake heads and catfish which was great, and I have even caught Largemouth Bass in Italy, not many could say that…lol
Seriously, Bucket list top three are Roosterfish, Permit and Sailfish on Fly
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I was very fortunate as a young angler to fish with some top rods in there day, and also shared time with guys like, Ron Calcutt, Steve Starling, Rod Harrison, Jack Erskine, John and Barry Cross, Glen Booth, Peter Morse, Alan Philliskirk, Bob Russo, Rob Sloane, Gil Scott, Bill Classon and Bill Heaton. These guys made a huge impact in my angling life and our sport.
Our industry is better for the contribution they have made and they were helpful during my early days when I freelanced as a Writer and Photographer.