Name: Michelle Carmody

Background: Like so many of us I started fishing early using bait, venturing off Ben Buckler at Bondi in old clinker boats with my father and brother.  Over the years I managed to do some fishing if I could but after moving to Port Stephens I bought a boat to take my kids fishing and in more recent years have been kayak fishing.

At the moment I have a 2015 hobie outback soon to be replaced with a 2017 camo outback with the new reverse drive.

I have fished the hobie kayak series since the first year. It really takes you out of your comfort zone! I have met many great anglers and fished many new water ways because of my participation.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Tasmania rounds this year and enjoy the great scenery and even better bream fishing. I caught my personal best bream of 46.6cm on a Pontoon 21 greedyguts. As well as many bream over 40cm on the same lure, just not in the comps worse luck. 

I did manage to catch the biggest bream at the recent Bribie Island round, a 1.205kg specimen which as those of you familiar with the waterway know is a big achievement. That is the third time I have managed to catch the biggest bream over the years.

This year with the introduction of the women’s division I won the inaugural women’s division at Bemm River and at three more rounds since.

At the moment I am trying to master the challenge of fly fishing which is a hard task.

I have recently made the decision to retire from my work as a registered nurse in Newcastle and have bought a caravan and plan on travelling and fishing full time next year and for as long as I can.
So the important things are packed, bream, bass, barra and beach rods and my fly fishing rod and associated tackle and lures.