Growing up near the ocean at North Haven in Adelaide’s western suburbs, saltwater flowed through my body, and a fishing trip was always around the corner and this is where I learnt my craft.
My first experience fishing was at that age of 5 while fishing from my Step Father’s 18ft Deltry half cab. The engine broke down and we had to be towed home, but it was also the day I caught my first ever whiting.
From the age of 15 I have enjoyed working in various fishing tackle stores across the state and still enjoy this on a part-time basis. Though chasing any target species excites me, I have been fortunate enough to be able to fish a lot of Australia and consider my experiences barra fishing in the NT and bluefin tuna in SA as some of my best memories of fishing.
A cabinet maker by trade, I now reside in Port Lincoln with my wife Leona and son Lachlan where every weekend is an awesome fishing trip in planning. The first book I ever picked up and read on my own was a fishing magazine and since that day I have aspired to contribute to the fishing media, and now have a passion for it that is continually growing.
Ed’s Note: Heath Woodward is a regular feature contributor and writes our Lower Eyre Peninsula column each edition, and is a valued contributor.