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1. Ian Debar
By far my biggest influence throughout my fishing career has been my Dad; even at a young age we would rise early and head to places such as Lake Eildon, Goulburn River and as far as Lake Eucumbene and Jindabyne to target Trout. In recent years I have started to target the mighty Murray Cod. I am forever testing new lures and spinnerbaits in the hope of catching these elusive big fish. I fish Lake Mulwala and Lake Eildon and the surrounding areas, while all the time searching over new ground for the big fish in wait. I am more than happy to share my knowledge with anyone wanting to get into targeting Murray Cod. With the quality of today’s tackle, graphite rods, super smooth reels and some of the best finished lures that I have ever seen, I have not doubt it plays a big part in my success on the water. Working for Compleat Angler for over 8 years has certainly lead to my vast knowledge of fishing and fishing tackle, how can it not when you get to talk with people all day who share the same passion…………Fishing. Tight lines
2. Dylan Brennan
Fishing and exploring the outdoors isn’t just a part of my work – it’s my lifestyle. Whether I’m out testing a new bream lure, studying a topographic map for future reference or just dreaming about my next fishing or camping adventure. I reckon, I’m still planning and thinking of my next outing, even when I am asleep. It’s all a part of who I am. My fishing and outdoors lifestyle spawned on the banks of the Goulburn River as a young boy were I first cut my teeth spinning lures for Trout with my Dad. I still remember that crunch on my Tassie Devil as my very first trout fought its way to the bank. And to this day I still live for that feeling. The only thing better was knowing that the very next morning that I would be jumping out of the tent with a good hearty camp breakfast and doing it all again. These days I absolutely enjoy all types of fishing, but my passion is still light tackle lure fishing. Whether it’s throwing a suspending hard body into the best looking pool or stream chasing trout or having a thumping Bream smash a surface lure in under a metre of water or the first thrashing run of a soft plastic hooked Mulloway on 2kg gear – it’s what I live for. Having this passion for finding the best fishing and camping location has seen me explore many areas. I enjoy bush camping and four wheel driving and have a detailed knowledge of most Victorian estuary systems and coastal rivers, including the best local spots around Port Phillip and Westernport Bays and along most of the southern NSW coastline where I have spent many holidays exploring. Sometimes my family and friends say that it seems like I spend more time on the road and out in the middle of nowhere, in search of that ultimate spot than I do at home. Which is probably very true! In my spare time you’ll probably find me searching for more roads to travel and water to fish. And if your passion is just getting out there with a lungful of fresh air and exploring some water whilst getting that crunch on your lure, come and say g’day ….. we’ll have lots to talk about. Dylan.
4. Chris Forstner
Itchy feet take over about twice a year, firstly in winter when the Surf beaches fire up with Salmon and Gummy sharks and then later in October when the ‘Big Reds’ come through the heads. At these times I spend more time on the water than on the land. You may ask – how I can do this and still be married? My only answer is a very patient wife and a very big appetite for fishing. My successes with snapper fishing each year is what keeps me going back for more …… and more … and more. I have gained heaps of knowledge over the years and go that bit extra, tracking down and catching the snapper when it hits the bay from around October thru to January. When I am not chasing after the bed red, I enjoy the lifestyle choices offered by travelling up to Yamba and taking on all the fishing adventures to be had there and along the way. And if you think I am passionate about fishing, try me out on camping ideas and destinations. If you want more success why not come in for a chat. I can give you lots of hands on advice when it comes to the importance of rigging your baits properly or simply snelling up a hook or perhaps where to for the next holiday adventure. Whatever it may be, I enjoy talking fishing and camping. When not on the water in my boat, I will wander up and down surf beaches chasing salmon and whatever grabs my hook. It is having an eye for detail that ensures I never go home empty handed. Remember I have to keep the ‘patient wife’ happy!!! Tight lines Chris.
5. George Kokkinos
Fishing is part of everyday for me and now working in the Tackle Industry is like a dream come true. Before I got my car, getting to the holes on my bike or via public transport was a bit of challenge, but now with wheels I can go in all directions and I DO. My fishing passion is squid -The challenge of catching squid; using different techniques, jigs and attractants, with the huge reward of bagging out and releasing the big ones. Squid fishing is very challenging and if you want success you need to put the time in perfecting your casting and retrieve as well as being prepared to try different sizes, colours and types of jigs over the period. When I am not squid fishing I like spinning for Bream with another like minded Fish-a-holic, Dandenong Team Member Dylan. Or if that is not happening as our work rosters clash, chasing after the big red in Port Phillip Bay or King George Whiting in Westernport. Recently I have tried my luck targeting Murray Cod around Warrandyte after being inspired by the challenge of this species by Roger Miles, the Cod Hunter. If ever you have the chance to hear him talk on his passion, jump at it. The knowledge you will gain is paramount in increasing your success rate. Recently a few friends and I set ourselves challenges by trying to catch a fish at as many landbased spots within a 12 hour period. We are not able to move to the next location until each of us had landed a fish. Sometimes we move around quickly and other times perhaps not at all! But that’s fishing. Certainly learn’t over time first-hand what works where and when and to always remember to have a good warm coat or sleeping bag in the boot! Come in and have a chat, as my hobby and passion is fishing and if I can’t be fishing the second best thing is talking about fishing and assisting others and advising them on how to catch themselves “that fish of a life time”. George.