1.WHATS YOUR NAME AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
2.WHAT PART DO YOU PLAY IN THE FISHING COMMUNITY TODAY?
I am a active member of ABT and am a regular on the teams bream and bass circuits on the east coast of Australia, i recently attended the 2013 Trout summit at Lake Crackenback with well known anglers Steve Starling, Peter Morse and others, my goals are to experience every aspect of fishing from freshwater to saltwater on either spin reel or fly and share my experience with everyone through photos and stories and maybe film one day.
3.WHAT WAS IT THAT REALLY GOT YOU INTO FISHING AND HOW OLD WERE YOU?
I am not your typical story, started fishing when I was a kid with dad, my passionate for fishing started later than most, in my late 20s, I wished I started at a younger age. I was introduced to the sport by a 6 foot 6 VB drinking Aussie who has an obsession for fishing. He taught me the basics, took me camping and that’s when the fishing adventures began and i was hooked on the sport. It wasn’t until 2011 we decided to compete in the tournament seen fishing the local team’s events. 2013 has been a big year for me, i have competed in the BETS Bream series, Gamakatsu team series, ABT series and a few bass tournaments. My decision to compete in the ABT this year as a non-boater exposed me to so many techniques used by different anglers the amount i learnt from the boaters i have been paired with is second to none.
4.WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FISHING MEMORY?
My most vivid memories are trips made to Mallacoota where each visit i have increased my personal best bream and flathead i love to fish this waterway as it never fails to produce quality fish. My success earlier this year at Gippsland ABT is high on my personal achievements as well, finishing in 4th place as a non boater and beating many well known anglers was a great thrill. Also coming 8th place as a non boater at the Derwent River, Tasmania, I thought the bream at Mallacoota were big, until I landed a Tassie Monster measuring 43cm tip. Or maybe it was my first Rainbow Trout on a soft plastic at Lake Crackenback this winter, or even my first Brown Trout I caught in the Eucumbene River on a glow bug, the amazing colours on these trout are spectacular, the scenery was breathtaking seeing snow on the mountains and knowing this location is so close to home.
Or my recent trip to Vanuatu has to be my most memorable, catching a 32Kg Giant Trevally and along with a 17Kg Mahi Mahi, was incredible. Every location is a chapter in my fishing adventures and the journey is the destination.
5.WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
In five years I’d like to have enough knowledge in the fishing industry to be able to experience more success in the tournament scenes (Bream, Bass & Barramundi), sport fishing and fly fishing. I would also like to contribute my commitment to the sport and to possibly one day assist other women and children coming through into the sport. I would like to travel around the world catching all different species of fish using different techniques and be able to share my experiences with others. In the near future I plan on travelling to the top end of Australia to fish the billabongs and river systems hopefully catching the ever so alluring Meter Barramundi, along with other species like Queen fish, Black Jew and Mangrove Jack. Also, New Zealand for Kingys, snapper and trout on fly. After going to the premier “RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival” and seeing the short films got me excited to go to Tahiti to fish for bone fish and Giant Trevally in clear shallow waters.
6.WHATS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
So far i have had success with both saltwater and freshwater fishing, my bucket list comprises of catching Marlin, Tuna (all species), Barramundi, Jewfish, King Fish and Bone fish. I also have an interest in visiting oversees locations to catch some exotic fish such as;
• Nile Perch
• New Guinea black bass
7. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY?
During the short period i have been fishing, there are some well known people in the fishing industry that have been a strong influences on me with their encouragement and advice on fishing in general and what to expect within the industry. Competing as a non-boater this year in the ABT, the boaters have given me great experience and exposure in do things, little things such as tying different knots, choices of lures being used in different types of scenarios and reading different waterways, the best part while doing this was having a good time, making new friendships and just really enjoying the day.
For me as a female angler my inspiration comes from seeing other female anglers succeed, it encourages me to strive to do better every time i take to the water, speaking to these woman on different techniques, tournament preparations and mind frames has contributed to bettering myself and results over the time i have been fishing. These successful well known Aussie anglers such as Vicki Lear-Winter, Tracey Mammen, Chloe Taylor, Michelle Carmody, Rebecca Fazio and Kylie Cornish all inspire me knowing how well they do in what is widely known as a “Blokes” sport. I also take a lot of interest in International female anglers such as Kim Bain-Moore, Ashley Rae and April Vokey, reading what techniques all these females use along with the species they fish for and following them in the media has given me a broader knowledge of so many different fishing techniques i want to try.