It’s kind of funny how things cycle in life. For me, many things have changed in the last year or so, some things not ideal which I won’t even mention but the good things like my eating habits, my boat, a change in my fishing as well as the enjoyment that goes hand in hand, definitely far out-weighs the bad.
It has taken a good 32 years before I willingly consumed fish. Yes that’s right, a fisherman that didn’t eat fish. Now to a lot of people, that is really mind blowing but at the same time, to others it isn’t all too odd. Why didn’t I ever eat fish? For no other reason than that I didn’t like the taste. All these years, you could have put anything in front of me, odd animals, offal, limbs, birds, frogs, you name it, I’d eat it, but fish, you couldn’t pay me to eat. In fact, I had such a taste for it, I could tell if fish products, such as fish sauce were used in cooking a meal.
So what happened that changed all of this? I will have to put it down to good friend of lureandfly.com Bradley Sissins, whose wedding I attended last year. His reception was held at a Japanese restaurant. There are no prizes for guessing what made up a portion of the menu. I’ve always been willing to try new foods, fish and sashimi being the exception. For some reason I tried each and thoroughly enjoyed them. To cut a long story short, after 32 years I’m now progressively eating more and more fish, very selectively, some of it I’m still not a great fan. Mum if you’re reading this, I’m eating fish.
Another big change last year was my new boat. Whether it’s been cars, four wheel drives, bikes or boats, I’ve always had toys that that I can push and that challenge me. My last Stratos bass boat was no exception. That boat was a weapon and a real ‘driver’s’ boat. On several occasions I hit 80mph in that boat, for those that aren’t to familiar with the imperial unit of measure, that is just shy of 130km/h – on the water that is pretty quick.
Late last year I made another big change, I’m not sure if I upgraded or downgraded to my new Edgewater. A smaller boat and a smaller engine, it only has a top speed so far of 42mph but the ride is phenomenal on Sydney Harbour and adds a new perspective to the word performance. Best of all though, the kids don’t roll off the deck, my wife approves and it has also opened up a range of fishing options that I’m eager to get out and learn more about.
From my closer friends, one of the most noted changes would be the broadened range of fishing I’ve pushed myself to do over the last year. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy fishing for bream but challenging myself land based, from the boat and kayak chasing everything from Jewfish, Squid, Kingfish, Threadfin, Trout, Carp, Snapper, Salmon and as you may have read about, Bass.
Some of these journey’s have been far from successful, some of these species I’m still yet to conquer but I’ve learnt a heap while most importantly enjoying my time on the water, spending time on the boat with the family and living (on the odd occasion when I do manage to catch something) as a ‘hunter/gatherer’. To think it was only a few years ago that Chris and I were fishing almost every weekend and competing in Bream tournaments almost every second weekend, while just last year I think I fished two events that weren’t even in Sydney.
Who knows what I have in store for the rest of the year but as weird as this may sound, my goal is to go out, have fun and really enjoy my fishing whether it’s burleying bream up on bread from a wharf with the kids, hiking 12kms for a single trout or getting sea-sick in the kayak chasing Snapper in the ocean.
One thing is for certain, once I get my safety gear up to scratch, I know Josh has some bigger missions lined up for the Edgewater.