Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Celebrity Interview - Andrew Symonds - never stop looking and learning

Exclusive FishMax Interview

Born in Birmingham, England, but definitely an Aussie larikin through and through, Andrew "Roy" Symond's is perhaps just as famous for "that fishing trip" as he is for his time playing cricket at the highest level.

Seriously though, like his good friend Matthew Hayden (interviewed by FishMax back in November) there is no questioning his commitment to fishing. So instead of getting caught up in talking about controversial cricketing incidents, in our FishMax exclusive interview, we focused on asking Symonds about the important stuff! Fishing!

FM: What’s your earliest fishing memory?
I have had a love for fishing since I can remember.  My earliest memories would have been fishing for black bream in the Burdekin River.

FM: Where is your favourite fishing spot?
Still looking for it.  I have a few haunts I regularly venture to but if I told you where they are then they wouldn’t be special anymore.

FM: Your best fishing story?
I hope this is still to come as well.

FM: Favourite fish recipe?
I am happy to be involved in the catching and the filleting but this is where I usually hand it over.  I am a keen crabber and they are pretty simple to cook up;

One Big Pot
Boil plenty of water
Add plenty of salt
Add plenty of mud crabs
Cook till they change colour then eat.

FM: What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
I’ve caught bigger fish but my mate Boxy has put me on to some big Red Emperor and they are about as much fun to catch as anything.

FM: How often do you go fishing?
As often as possible is the short answer, about 4 or 5 days a week currently.

FM: Where is the most exotic place you’ve been fishing?
I had a trip up New Guinea a couple of years ago and that is a pretty special place.  Amazing scenery and a real feeling of isolation.  Above all some great fishing. [Ed: Something we at Fishmax strongly agree with!]

FM: Do you have a fishing tip you’re willing to share?
I am still learning my game so my best tip is to listen to the experts.  If I can pass on anything make sure your hooks are sharp.  Its hard enough to get them to bite so no point in missing them with a blunt hook when they do.

Certainly, you won't get any argument from us about Andrew's "don't stop learning, don't stop looking" attitude. For us, its one of the signs of a true fishing fanatic!
Words: Stevo Perry Pics: Boab Boat Hire

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