Hi my name is Joseph.
I joined this forum looking to get back into recreational fishing after a long break. First, a bit of a back story - Grew up in the southern suburbs of Sydney, around Botany Bay. As a kid I got my Shimano 5 foot solid glass fishing rod with those horrid brown reels which I think every kid had growing up in the 70’s. My late Dad would take me fishing around the Botany Bay Area. In my early teens me and my school mates used to fish regularly around Ramsgate, Brighton, Monterey using frozen prawns taking the occasional bream to take home to mum and dad.
Then puberty hit and fishing went way down the order of importance compared to girls, cars and music. Time passed – uni, career and started my own family, blessed with two beautiful boys, so I tried to get them into fishing more as an excuse for me to wet a line again. But sadly, they’d rather play Nintendo. Even though we often fished on family holidays and they had a ball, they lost all interest when they hit their early teens.
However, about that same time me and my closest mates started to have annual getaways down the Snowy Mountains and scare a few trout, certainly not catch many, but that was hardly the point really. There was something serene walking a river and casting small spinning lures, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, collectively family and career stuff got in the way and those trips fizzled.
Fast forward to today, finally the kids are off our hands and I'm looking to wind back the intensity of my work and spending more time with my hobbies (cars, music, travel). This includes getting back into recreational fishing. Even though I was never really good at fishing but sometimes it's nice to just to getaway from the world and just fish, I enjoy the serenity.
My intention Is to explore the local waterways especially those close to my home, which is the Inner West of Sydney. I am land based with no interest in boating. Looking forward to chase down some bream as they were my go to fish all those years ago as a kid. Also, me and the Lads have spoken about reviving our annual Snowy Mountain fishing trips – once the world gets back to some sort of normality.
I have already read some interesting forum threads with great advice. Really want to get into lures with light gear.
I have a ton of questions & looking forward to some much needed advice.