1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My well known nickname is Rocky, of which I have been called by my family since child hood. My real name is Roxsean Edwards. I live in Darwin in the Northern Territory a place I have called home for over 40 years. I was actually born in Tasmania and my family moved to Darwin in the early 1970s to be closer to my dad’s family who are an old Darwin family.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I am a committee member of the Darwin Game Fishing Club and the NT Barramundi Classic tournament held annually on the Daly River.
I enjoy tournament fishing and have competed in most tournaments held here in the top end.
I currently fish in the two major barra tournaments, the NT Barra Nationals and the NT Barra Classic and have finished in the top 10 angler rankings in both. I take 4-5 weeks off work and spend the entire time on the Daly fishing and pre-fishing the tournaments with friends.
Work dependent, I will field a team in some of the other tournaments, some of which are women only events.
I work in the media at the ABC in Darwin and I make the most of every opportunity to promote tournament and recreational fishing, particularly ‘catch and release’ fishing. I contribute to magazines, blogs, websites and newspaper articles and occasionally am interviewed on Radio and Television for fishing programs or news stories about fishing.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I mostly fish for barramundi and there is just no mistaking that you have hooked up to a barra. I’m not sure if it is passion or an obsession but the “hit and run” of a wild barra is amazing, highly addictive and a prime reason why I love fishing.
I started fishing a little under 10 years ago when a few ladies from my office needed a new team mate to fish in the Reel Women’s Barra Classic held on Corroboree Billabong. I had never fished before so a friend’s husband spent a patient few hours with me on a bait caster and I was away, casting like a crazy into the lilies. I caught more than my fair share of fish over the 1 ½ days and our team did really well. I decided this was a pretty awesome thing to do and bought my first rod and reel within a week of fishing that competition.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
One of the greatest moments was my first time fishing the small creek mouths at the Daly River mouth NW of Darwin with my great friends Peter Politis and Bert Woodward. The barra came in with the bait on the incoming tide and there was boofing going off everywhere. We could sight cast within metres of the boat. I wasn’t timing us but I suspect that we bagged out on our limit (5 per person) within a few minutes, if that.
The barra were almost jumping into the boat and they were of good size, with double, triple and quadruple hook ups. It was an effort to get your lure to the boat without a fish (or sometimes two) attached to the same lure. It was sensational fishing and absolute chaos. It was non-stop ‘belly aching’ laughter on that boat for a few hours, just so much fun.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have just geared myself up with a new 4WD and a new boat so I hope to be exploring places in the top end I am yet to visit. I really love road trips so in retirement I hope to be camping and fishing 9 months of the year in the top end and 3 months of the summer in the south. Fitting in a few overseas fishing trips is also part of the plan. I think that would be perfect!
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
There is already far too much on my bucket list that is related to fishing but topping the list presently is fishing the Kimberley region in WA. There is just so much beautiful country to see and explore and the fishing is quite diverse.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
There are a few really good mates that I look up to in the fishing community, and my good fishing friend and sledging partner Kelvin Williams tops my list. Kel, is a thinking angler who is very enthusiastic about all things fishing and incredibly innovative. There is not a moment that Kel isn’t thinking fishing.
What is equally important to Kel is to enjoy your time on the water with your crew mates. He seriously enjoys sledging on a boat and I have become a very good student and sledging partner.
Our sledging of Greenie on the Daly River recently was so good and effective that the old and “rotund professor” put the episode into print with a lame attempt to counter sledge, he also hit the gym and went on a well documented crash diet!