AFTER speaking to the zen master of all things fishing, it’s obvious there’s a lot more to Al McGlashan’s passion than meets the eye.
As one of Australia’s leading experts, Al (pictured above) is hooked on the industry.
‘‘I have the best job in the world,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I started out with just the photos and it’s since snowballed.’’
Speaking on the phone from Western Port Bay in southern Victoria in the middle of a whiting fishing session, Al is keen to chat about anything related to his industry. In particular, he highlighted the need for people to get off the couch and out and about.
‘‘People don’t understand the link between what’s on the shelf at the supermarket and the work on the land and in the sea,’’ he said.
‘‘By educating people, we can make fishing better for the next generation.’’
The keen adventurer has seen a radical change in the fishing world, particularly over the last couple of years with environmental issues plaguing the industry.
‘‘Ninety nine per cent of fishermen want to do the right thing.
‘‘It’s all about education.’’
With his work as a photojournalist, writer, producer and presenter, Al aims to bring fishing education to the forefront to inspire others to get out in the great outdoors.
‘‘It’s one of the best ways to connect with nature,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone can fish and you can never master it, you will always improve.’’
Last Saturday, as part of Boats & More’s one day sale, the fishing guru appeared instore and happily chatted to everyone about anything to do with fishing. Al hopes to get back to our area, one of the best in Australia he claims, for some fishing over summer.