Ugh…blogging. This is new for me. I’m not much of a words man, insofar as putting them onto paper is concerned.
Talking is my expertise. Having conversations. I could talk under wet cement with a mouthful of marbles. Perhaps that’s why I’m in sales, because having genuine chats with people is where I thrive. But, here I am giving this words on paper thing a shot and the team at Excite have been polite enough to give me my own soapbox.
I am not a fisherperson
In case you don’t know me, my team photo on the Excite Media website pretty much summarises my addiction to fishing.
When people hear that I like fishing, they conjure up this idea of going around in a tinnie and chucking a line in when I get time. I’m a lot more committed than that. I go out there with a goal in mind – to catch a bass, a mangrove jack or a saratoga. Once I figure out what I want, I lay down a strategy using particular techniques or lures to catch that fish.
It all started with my Dad
It’s lame, but I guess the best place to start this story is at the beginning. It all kicked off with my Dad. He’s originally from Samoa, so culturally and traditionally, fishing is a way of life. In Samoa, it’s pretty key to survival, you need to learn to fish to provide for the family.
“I didn’t go for just a few hours, it was like – ‘Jason’s down at the rock, and he’ll be back tonight.'”
For me, fishing wasn’t just something I did as a way to survive or eat (ironically, I don’t eat a lot of fish). But by the age of eight, it was something that I thought about every single day and I used to spend a lot of time fishing from a rock in front of my grandparent’s place. I was so glued to that rock they eventually named it, Jason’s Rock. Fishing became a kind of anti-social behaviour for me unless, of course, someone wanted to come with. I didn’t go for just a few hours, it was like, “Jason’s down at the rock, and he’ll be back tonight”.
Soon enough I overtook Dad’s skill level and it became a case of me telling Dad what we should be doing and where we should be going.
Finding a place to escape
I spent hours and hours at Jason’s Rock, but it was more than a place to fish. From that young age, fishing turned into something more for me than just a hobby.
“It gets me out of the nine to five grind, that’s where I go to forget about everything else that goes on in life.”
It’s great for my mental health to not only get outdoors but to get to somewhere that’s also my happy place. It gets me out of the nine to five grind, that’s where I go to forget about everything else that goes on in life.
From a mental health perspective, fishing is great for me. Whether I’m going solo to reflect on my usual day to day or with a bunch of mates – it’s an activity that lets me get some perspective on whatever is going in my life.
From a social standpoint, guys find it pretty hard to talk. I have always found that there’s so much downtime and silence when you’re fishing that you end up talking about important stuff whether you want to or not. Sometimes it’s absolute rubbish, but it ends up leading to worthwhile conversations.
I have never really thought about my own goals, and it’s been to my own detriment. I’ve always been a free and easy person who goes with the flow, to a fault.
“I have an infectious passion for fishing, and being the type of guy I am, I want to spread that contagion around like the plague!”
Ironically, the one thing in my life that I have continued to work at and grow in has been my fishing. I like to set myself goals. So every year there might be a new technique I want to learn or a new fish I want to learn to catch.
I have an infectious passion for fishing, and being the type of guy I am, I want to spread that contagion around like the plague! So it seemed like a pretty logical idea for me to setup a fishing blog ’cause, I guess, everyone’s doing it – so why not me?
I want my damn soapbox!
I want to talk to anyone and everyone about fishing. It’s something that’s been bred into me, it’s something that’s helped me to grow as a person and I want to help others realise the power of fishing; mentally, emotionally and socially.
“I want to hear the stories from guys who are similar to me, who have a day job that they are passionate about it, fishing is part of what makes them who they are and keeps them sane.”
Even people that don’t have an interest in fishing, I want to talk to them. There might be someone sitting on the fence about recreational fishing, who doesn’t like the idea of it.
It’s funny; there’s this old push-back from the fishing fraternity against the Greens, who people think just want to lock off all the waterways. It’s a bit of a weird cross-over really – many fisherpeople are really avid environmentalists because if you ruin the waterways, then we have no fish to catch. So, there’re some really good conversations to have between the big fishing groups and the environmental groups, like the Greens. As long as it’s done right and people are considerate, there’s a win-win.
I want to hear the stories from guys who are similar to me, who have a day job and they are passionate about it, fishing is part of what makes them who they are and keeps them sane.
There’s a conversation to be had and I want to be a part of it
Since I am in the business of selling websites, not making them, I am not tech-savvy enough to build this online community I’ve been talking about. When I started talking about my dream of making positive change in the fishing community, Nathanael, one of the head honchos at Excite, instantly offered to lend a hand. So rather than throwing a line in blindly, I’ll have the help of our team here at Excite to get this whole shebang off the ground.
It’s crazy, and I don’t know how well it’s going to go, but there’s a conversation to be had and I want to be a part of it.