Gina Cleaver takes our Lucky 7 interview this week. Gina is one of the growing number of talented female anglers that currently grace the Australian fishing scene. From talented stock, yet in her own words, still a “learner”, Gina has already scaled amazing heights in her short fishing career.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Gina Cleaver. Born and raised in the seaside town of Kiama, NSW. I have spent brief periods living in Melbourne and most recently overseas in the big U-S of A. Settled back in Australia for the moment at Shellharbour, on the South Coast of NSW.
I am an upcoming Female Amateur Angler within the fishing community here in Australia. As a current learner, I have created a Facebook page for other anglers to track my journey and growth within this incredible industry. Through this medium my goal is to inspire & encourage others from all skill levels to become not only involved, but passionate about this amazing sport. You can also join the exclusive updates via Facebook at the following link – https://www.facebook.com/GinaCleaverOfishal?ref=hl
My Father Neil Cleaver who we sadly lost was a fishing fanatic. This may sound biased but he was honestly one of the greatest anglers of his time. His passion and dedication to this craft was something that has been passed through the blood. This is most evident through my Brother Chris who is a living legacy of the talent he blessed us with. We were both lucky enough to have been exposed to fishing from very young ages, around 4-5yrs old. Although after Dad’s passing I stepped out of the fishing game for a while as memories became too painful, but happy to say I am now back with a vengeance.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I need to apologise to Chris from lureandfly.com first, haha but this past weekend has stuck out as probably not the greatest, but one I will remember for some time to come. Today was the first time I have ever copped someone else’s fishing hook mid cast…. better yet, to the face. Cheers Chris for popping my hook injury cherry!!!
Rod in one hand, reel in the other!! Hopefully involved within the media or design presence in some form. There are a few little projects in the mix that can hopefully pay off for a career within this amazing sport. I am a strong believer that by finding your passion, then that ultimately leads you directly to your purpose.
Sheeeeesh this is a super tough one. Being so new back at this craft leaves a crap load of vacancies for way too many species of fish!! I have thankfully ticked off a substantial amount in a very short time frame, yet there are so many empty boxes left unfilled. Naming a top spot would be asking me to choose a favourite flavoured ice-cream. Bloody impossible!!
Hands down my Brother Chris would take top honours. I have personally witnessed the amount of ridiculous hours this kid has pumped into learning & perfecting his craft within this sport. People say time and persistence pays, well he is a pure example that this statement is true in every aspect.
I also fiercely look up to any angler out there giving it a good shot, as this sport isn’t easy. I admire those anglers with raw drive and passion. Those that withstand elements, knock backs & fishless days to get back out and do it all over again tomorrow.
Those are the heroes that make this industry what it is, the go getters that chase this sport because they actually LOVE it.