Big name on the hook

By Seymour Telegraph

It is set to be a massive weekend with GoFish Nagambie taking place.

Paul Worsteling is on board as an event ambassador.

Mr Worsteling is arguably one of the most recognisable faces in recreational fishing in Australia with an unmistakable laugh, passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

He has reported live on 3AW, ABC, 2KY, countless other radio networks and co-hosted 3AW Melbourne’s popular Friday night fishing show for more than four years. He had a four-year stint as co-host on television show Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures between 2000 and 2004 and started the popular iFish program on the Ten network in January 2005.

‘‘GoFish Nagambie is far from a normal fishing competition,’’ Mr Worsteling said.

‘‘I’ve fished fishing competitions since I was 12 years old and I’ve been lucky enough to win a few, but I’ve also been spanked.

‘‘But to me, although it’s a competition, it’s not just about catching fish — it’s about learning from other people.’’

Mr Worsteling’s angling accomplishments are far-reaching with two Australian Anglers Association national records for mako and thresher sharks, a state record for zebra fish and several International Game Fishing Association world records for species including giant trevally, golden trevally and Australian salmon.

He has won countless fishing competitions and club championships, but would much prefer to fish for the love of the sport, than for competition these days.

‘‘I just like the idea you can physically hang around with people who share the same passion as ourselves,’’ he said.

‘‘It doesn’t matter whether you’re a painter or whether you’re a solicitor in the Supreme Court, once you go fishing you’re all on an equal level and it’s just the greatest thing ever to talk about the things that happen on the water.

‘‘The only thing better than catching a Murray cod, is telling someone about it.’’

But fishing is not the only part of the weekend — there’s a stack of entertainment for competitors to enjoy.

There is a huge range of music taking to the Royal Mail Hotel stages.

A DJ set from Neon Giants will headline GoFish Nagambie and they will have people dancing each of the days away.

Knot, Grim Fawkner, Iain Archibald Band, Jah Tung, Tylor Piggott, Will Clift and Parkville will also be performing across the four days.

People can also watch the Anzac Day AFL match on the big screen, go to the outdoor cinema, watch some spectacular fireworks, take a gamble in the raffle prizes worth half a million dollars, cast your line in all the lakes, backwaters, small creeks and estuaries and heaps more.

GoFish Nagambie takes place from this Thursday to Sunday.

For more information or to register, head to