South Burnett angler loves sharing his passion for fishing
TURNING a passion into a livelihood is something many aspire to do, and for South Burnett angler Matthew Mott it is a reality.
The successful professional angler has 23 years of experience running fishing charters and owning tackle shops, and has also developed his own line of tackle, SMAK Lures.
His aim is to share his knowledge and experience with other fishing enthusiasts and instil a love of fishing in the next generation.
For Mott, it all started with seeing how many spangled perch he could catch from the creek on his family's cattle and horse property in Biggenden.
"I loved being down at the creek with my brother and sister, and the friendly competition that took place between us to see who would catch the most fish, or score the biggest fish of the day,” Mott said.
"Even though I have now fished every type of waterway imaginable, in some of the best fishing spots in the world, freshwater fishing is where my heart lies and it probably stems from these early experiences on our property.”
When he moved to the South Burnett in 1991, Mott loved being out on the water and soon started started running fishing charters on Lake Boondooma and Bjelke-Petersen Dam.
A feature on Brownie's Coast Watch proved to be Mott's big break
"The response was phenomenal and soon enough I was operating over 300 charters a year,” he said.
Mott opened tackle shop Bass to Barra in Kingaroy, while also running another tackle shop, cafeteria, and boat hire business, along with his charters.
"There is nothing I love more than sharing my knowledge with others and helping them to have a great fishing experience,” he said.
"Opening Bass to Barra was a big move, but I had the charters going well and the reputation of the fishing scene in the South Burnett was growing every year.
"I then decided to take things a step further by developing my own brand of lures,” he said.
Most days Mott can be found in his shop, but he also continues to run his fishing charters and has been a tourism ambassador for the South Burnett Regional Council for the past 13 years.
"I am so passionate about the South Burnett and in my role as a tourism ambassador. I get to seek out new ways to promote the region, particularly in the areas of fishing and our natural assets,” he said.
"If there is a fishing event happening in the South Burnett, chances are you will see me there helping out behind the scenes.
"The South Burnett is one of Queensland's premier inland freshwater fishing destinations and we want people to come and experience that.”