1 - Name, age and where's home?
Tony Bennett, 36 yo living in Yarrawonga / Mulwala.
- How long have you been fishing - can you remember your very
Have been fishing for around 32yrs with vivid memories of catching
"bag full's" of Reddies with my old uncle as a 4yo in
the Loddon River near Kerang.
- How many days a year, do you fish on average?
- What's your deadliest or fav lures/bait?
With out trying to upset too many people, if this was a life or
death question I would say Bassman or Outlaw Spinnerbaits and
Oar-Gee, AC & Stumpy hard body lures.
5 - Who are your three most influential or admired people in your
addiction to angling, and why.
These come more as groups of people rather than individuals.
* Hodgie, Rod McKenzie, Gus Storer, Dave Silva & "No
Legs" Casey for their sharing of knowledge, info and skills.
* My old man Gordon & his mate Stan Fraser for teaching me
a few of the finer arts of fishing (their style!) when I was a
* Can't go past good old Rexie for the enthusiasm and knowledge
he pumped into a new generation of Aussie anglers.
6 - If you had three wishes, what would change about today's fishing
* Slot size limits for Murray Cod 60cm - 80cms being legal and
only 1 per person per day.
* The kill & grill mentality that still exists with the majority
of the older brigade.
* Banning of all wake enhancing boats except for in specialised
zones or on man made lakes e.g. Mulwala Water Ski Park.
- List some of your PB's - any species you like.
110cm Murray Cod, 54cm Yella, 98cm Barra, 68cm Toga, 2meter+ Hammer
Head shark. Proud to say I have never caught a Trout.
- You've got one month left to live - where and how do you now
fish your last days?
Gather together "The inner-sanctum", the "Macorna
Boys" plus Vanessa & the kids and spend a week at one
of McKenzie's secret spots then up to the NT for 3 weeks chasing
Barra & Toga. I would be happy if I lasted the month!
- When you are six foot under, what will other angler's best remember
Hopefully for being able to provide them with a great time for
participating in the Cod Classic or just being a "good bloke"
who had a bit of a crack.
- What was your WORST/MOST TRAGIC fishing experience!?
Unpacking my gear after a trip out on the bay, somehow I dropped
one of my rods that had a double hook rig set up on it. You guessed
it; the spare hook that wasn't attached to the rod became firmly
stuck in the cartledge in the end of my nose. I can still see
it now, the doctor putting a couple of needles in either side
of my nose to numb it then he cut my snout with a scalpel to get
the hook out. Very embarrassing and sore.
- What are some of your hottest sessions or greatest memories
on the water?
Chasing natives, numbers of fish aren't huge but 6 legal's in
3 hrs during the Sunday session of the Mulwala Classic 2003 or
4 legal's in 2 hrs in the Lowrance Invitational 2005 weren't bad.
Apart from that 200 or so "rat" Barra up Clear Creek
on the Daly River, NT in 2002 with Skank & Scum Fedke wasn't
- What are you reading at the moment and fav music? (Cannot answer
"bit of everything").
Reading - I struggle to get past anything heavier than the local
rag or any fishing magazine.
Music - The missus calls it "Bumpkin" music by I like
to call it Country. A bit of 80's stuff late at night around the
fire is also good for a bit of trivia.
- It's easy to criticise, moan or complain, but over the last
few years, what are three big positive outcomes or developments
in our sport of angling?
1. Number 1 without a doubt would be the changing mentality with
anglers leaning more toward C&R even though I think it will
take another couple of generations for it to be totally accepted.
2. Another common response for this question but all the latest
gadgets from rods and reels to lines and lures. We are becoming
more Americanised or Japised every day.
3. We are starting to develop a few of our own "house hold
name / cult hero" anglers even if they are only targeting
bread and butter species that could be caught with a hand line
and a bit of bread out of a rubber Dingee! It's scary to think
the countries two most unrewarded anglers Rod McKenzie & Gus
Storer may become "gods" one day.
- So you're a fishing tragic and totally obsessed - how in the
hell have you stayed in a relationship!!?? What are your secrets,
and what do you have to do to please the better half? (Less than
a thousand words please fellas!)
I can't believe all these blokes who say they have to earn brownie
points or do jobs or favours to be able to earn a leave pass.
Quiet simply I must have the best bride in the land. My wife Vanessa
is as passionate about fishing as me. She makes as many plans
for trips away as I do (especially to the NT) and when I tell
her I'm going away for a weekend, the only question I get is when
will you be home and how much cash do you want? She also just
told me that I have to buy a new bigger boat after a croc tried
to climb into our boat the other day up north. It also helps that
the kids Tori 12 and Cooper 9 love it
Appart from the above info I've just retired this year from playing
Aussie Rules, enjoy doing a bit of boxing, shooting, doing a few
casting demo's with Hodgie and getting on the fizz with the boys
out the river.
can catch Tony's regular reports by going to the Chat
Family Fishing Trip to the Northern Territory
can email him at Tony[at]sweetwaterfishing.com.au