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from five Anglers

  • Starlo Follows His Passion For Fishing

    Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling knows that success in fishing reflects the sum total of many vital components: preparation, tackle selection, knowledge of the target, persistence and skill, to name a few. But in Steve’s opinion, one ingredient is paramount; binding all the others together and providing the spark that ignites them into a blazing fire. For Starlo, that dominant spirit is passion.

    “In my experience, nothing worthwhile in life is ever achieved without a genuine passion,” Starlo explains with a smile. “That’s as true in fishing as in any other pursuit. It’s passion that gives us the strength to overcome adversity. Cold nights. Rough seas. Fish that refuse to bite. Without genuine passion, these things will ultimately grind you down and break your will.”

    Even after half a century on the water, Starlo’s passion for fishing still shines brightly, continually driving him to set new personal goals. In many ways, he’s never been keener than he is today.

    “For me, it’s increasingly about the challenge. The quest. Anything that’s too easy or too familiar can eventually lose its appeal. So we choose the steeper path and raise the bar a notch each time. New species, bigger fish, different techniques, fresh locations. That way, the passion never dulls. Instead, the yearning it drives grows stronger. I suspect it always will… all the way to the last bend in the river.”

  • The Strength Of Ben Jones

    The raw thrill of a physical battle is what drives Ben Jones to head out onto the deep blue waters of the ocean. His quest has been to tangle with some of the biggest and toughest fish in the sea. He wants nothing more than to go toe to toe with these beasts in a show of strength.

    Ben is constantly looking to drive his body to the limits. Whether it’s long days casting surface lures in search of enormous giant trevally, or traversing kilometers of riverbank in the sweltering summer heat chasing the elusive Murray cod, Ben is always pushing the boundaries. The harder the challenge, the more he revels in the moment.

    It’s not just physical strength that Ben Jones prides himself on… it’s also mental strength. When the times are tough, the bite is slow, the weather closes in… that’s when Ben draws on his reserves of mental strength to push through and hopefully achieve the desired results.

    “I want to be out there still casting long after the others have gone home,” Ben grins. “It doesn’t always work in my favour, but I’d rather leave nothing in the tank than be sitting back home or in camp wondering if I should’ve stayed for another hundred casts!”

    This deep determination is Ben’s strength.

  • Chloe Laurence In Pursuit Of The Prize

    For gun female angler, Chloe Laurence, fishing is all about the pursuit: of that next big fish or long battle, and the immense feeling of satisfaction when everything comes together. The anticipation of the pursuit is what drives Chloe and keeps her pushing through the early mornings, the long drives and the hours upon hours spent out on the water in all kinds of weather.

    “Fishing is full of highs and lows,” Chloe explains. “Whilst the highs are what we live for, the lows and the failures are what we actually learn from. They push us to get up earlier, drive longer and work harder than the next person. Not a day goes by when I’m not thinking about that next challenge, that next bite, the next adrenalin rush, and how we can push the envelope that little bit further.”

    For Chloe, there’s so much more to fishing than the end game of catching a fish. For her, it’s all about the incredible moments experienced on the water, the people she meets, and the lifelong friends she makes along the way. Fishing is so much more for Chloe than a hobby or a recreation… it’s a way of life and an escape to a world of endless possibilities. It’s a pursuit that is no longer simply a want, but has become a deeply felt need.

    “Fishing has forced me to challenge myself mentally and physically, while at the same time teaching me patience,” Chloe says. “It has pushed me, both physically and mentally, to places I never thought possible. It has empowered me as a person. Fishing has become my therapy. It’s a place I go to completely de-stress. When I’m pursuing that next challenge, my mind is clear and focused… Nothing else matters.”

  • Tony Orton’s Fishing Journey

    Captain Tony Orton calls New Zealand home but travels and fishes around the globe, including the Pacific, Asia, North, Central and South America, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans.

    Whilst on these amazing adventures, Tony has caught monster marlin, huge yellowtail kingfish, mammoth yellowfin and bluefin tuna, stunning roosterfish, halibut, and salmon and has ticked many other highly sought after angling feats off the list.

    For Tony these exotic ‘far flung’ fishing destinations are part of the journey that started when he was barely able to hold a fishing rod as a toddler, and will continue for as long as he is able.

    Tony and his family are on a journey to see more, share more and enjoy more angling opportunities wherever the opportunity exists on this stunning blue planet. Not only is Tony a passionate angler, he also is a strong advocate for sustainable fishing practices to ensure future generations have access to the same or better opportunities to take on their own fishing journey.

    Shimano New Zealand is proud to work alongside Tony and have him as a brand ambassador, NZDM rod program felid tester, and to be a part of his journey.

  • Chris Henry: Extreme Angler

    “Extreme action sports have always been a big part of my life,” Chris explains. “ I spent most of my childhood chasing that adrenalin rush: riding BMX and motocross bikes, skateboarding and surfing. It’s really no wonder I seek the same thrills through my fishing!”

    Chris began fishing at the tender age of 4, alongside his father. But it wasn’t until a surfing injury in his late teens that his passion for the sport truly took hold. At first, fishing was something to fill the time; keeping Chris by the ocean while his friends continued to surf. Over time, his addiction to adrenalin in other sports began to manifest itself into an obsession for extreme fishing.

    “Classifying fishing as an extreme sport might be a bit of a stretch for some people,” Chris laughs, “but for me, it’s all about the approach. It’s about pushing the normal parameters, stepping outside my comfort zone and exploring fisheries that I never even knew existed. If I pick up a rod, I want to catch the biggest fish that rod can handle. That’s the goal. I want to push my gear to its limit, I want to squeeze every last ounce of strength out of the line, bend the rod until the epoxy on the guides makes that cracking sound. I want to hear the drag scream for mercy and when I touch the spool, I want to feel the heat of a red hot drag!”

    This thirst for high-paced action has driven Chris to push not only his fishing tackle to the limits, but also to open his boundaries and broaden his horizons. Extreme fishing has taken him to places of great beauty, but also shown him nature’s darker side.

    “There isn’t a more humbling feeling than the wrath of a violent summer storm, or punching home into a gale force wind,” Chris admits. “It’s this exposure to the extreme elements that comes from broadening my horizons and stretching my limitations as a fisherman. That’s what drives me.”

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