Name: Ben Coombes

Age: 28

Location: Wollongong, NSW

Occupation: Joiner and Shopfitter

Background: My first fishing memories were beach fishing with my old man in Coffs harbour. At the time I had very little interest in the sport and would run around on the beach playing sword fights with his knife steel. I did however become extremely interested when he caught a bream, I remember being infatuated by their eyes and would constantly be in trouble for poking and playing with them!

As I grew older (during my primary school years) I managed a few trips up to the mighty Clarence River with my Grandparents. These trips were usually bream fishing mayhem and probably the reason why I have such a soft spot for the humble old bream.

My High School years were spent purely surfing and fishing. If I wasn’t at school, I was in the water and if I wasn’t in the water I was standing on the beach fishing for Salmon and Tailor or hitting the harbours for Bonito, Trevally and Squid.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started fishing with lures and I haven’t looked back since. I honed my soft plastic fishing on the local creek dwelling bream and then stepped it up hitting the local Bass populations with hardbodies and topwater presentations.

The last 12 months or so has been insane! I`m fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to start writing for Cast Mag and have been privileged enough chase a large array of species that I thought were well beyond my reach. These include Marlin, Tuna, Kingfish, Snapper, Jewfish and Murray Cod just to name a few.

Ive fallen in love with the sport and am strictly a catch and release fisho. I love the adventure and exploration, learning new techniques, working out tough bites and most of all getting the bite and setting the hooks! I cant get enough.

Ambitions: Only recently have I become interested in the competition scene. Mainly to push myself to the limits and to learn new things. It will be an interesting journey! Other than that I really enjoy writing for Cast Mag and constantly fishing for new species with different techniques to come up with an article. It really drives me on those late night missions and early starts.

Favourite fishing areas: Fishing the biggest, gnarliest structure I can find and extracting fish on the lightest line possible. Whether its Bream, Bass or Cod. White knuckle fishing really gets my blood pumping! Second to that would have to be topwater, not much beats the sights and sounds of a lure being slurped or boofed off the top!

Favourite Species: Im passionate about our Aussie Natives and my favourite 2 native species to target are the Australian Bass and the Murray Cod. They hit hard and don’t mess about detonating on a topawater! The adventures and amazing parts of the country that they take you to is definitely part of the attraction

Favourite Lures:
Pontoon 21 Loco Perrito
Pontoon 21 Greedy guts
Pontoon 21 Crackjack
Damiki 3.5 shrimp
Damiki D grubs
Damiki Monster Miki
Fish Arrow flash j shad
Fish Arrow J spins


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