Scott Lear takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. An innovator, a mentor and an inspiring, die hard fisherman, Scott has achieved a lot throughout his fishing career.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
I have lived in Wollongong all my life. I started fishing as a kid at 9 years of age around Wollongong Harbour. Here I had learnt how to catch yellowtail, drummer and even did some live baiting off the breakwater catching all sorts of species.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I like to inspire other people to fish. Having worked a little in the tackle industry it was great to share my knowledge with people just getting into their fishing. I am also lucky enough to share my fishing experiences with my wife. We are able to bounce ideas off each other in order to grow.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
It was on Boxing Day. I was 9 years old and my Dad had brought a kid’s fishing rod, some floats and small hooks and took me to Blue Divers Creek at Towradgi. I remember it so well, I had caught 3 mullet and for a kid these fish were great fighters.
My passion was then born and I spent a lot of time on the water.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
Like many other people I have many great stand out memories in the years I have fished.
After spending a lot of my teenage years to early 20’s land based game fishing hunting for the Mecca of all game fish – the “Marlin”. In 1997 I achieved this with a 68kg Black Marlin on 24kg line class, which was a first Australian record in this line class. It was short lived and broken a few years later.
Another moment that I am proud of is standing on the podium at Darling Harbour with my wife. We had fished as a team in the grand final of the BETS series and were running first after day one. The fishing was absolutely fantastic we caught many bream but we didn’t know if it was enough to win it. The moment those scales turned over and reality set in it was overwhelming and to share this with my wife couldn’t have been more perfect.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Of course I will still be fishing. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a couple of nephews and a few other kids to introduce into fishing and share my experiences with.
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
This could be a big bucket but if I had to choose 3 then it would be a Spanish mackerel over 20kg, a sailfish and a broadbill.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
This is a tough question.
There was an older local guy that I ran into as a kid, he was a bit of an innovator and he showed me everything he knew about fishing. His name is Barry Shipp, as well as fishing he also dives and shares this information with me on what he finds under the water. We are still great friends today.
Apart from this there were a few other people in our local Sportsfishing Club, one that stands out for me was Scott Mitchell, he was president for a while but he inspired me to continue land based game fishing, encouraged me into fly fishing and to venture from home with a few trips up North.