I have lived in Albany since 2002 and know the community and the local waterways well. My wife has lived in Albany since 1965 and has had a long familial connection with the local salmon fishing industry. We are both committed to our region and would not think to live anywhere else. I live to fish and I would like the opportunity to ‘fish to live.’ To that end, my wife and I have started a kayak tour and charter company called the ‘Great Southern Discovery’. We use Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Multisport kayaks exclusively, as we find these are best for our waterways, which vary from inland to offshore. We are passionate about our NW’s and totally convinced of their virtues.
MICHAEL DELMARCO Date of Birth: 02/03/1980 Occupation: Fishing shop owner & Fishing TV personality From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Lives: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia About: Michael has been fishing since the age of 3, it has always been a big part of his life and a strong passion, well renown as one of the up and coming faces of Australian fishing television on his series, Oz Fish TV, along with his co-hosts, Chris Monnier and Jesse Hommelhoff. Main fishing style(s): Surf fishing, estuaries/river, squid fishing, soft plastics, and lure trolling. Michael specialises in saltwater fishing, preferring open water, targeting large predatory species. Kayak(s): Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5’ Propel Native Watercraft Slayer 13’ Propel Primary target species: Sharks, flathead, mulloway, estuary perch, snapper, squid.
Fishing has always been in my life, but it only “took over” in 2007. Since that first all womens barramundi tournament in the crocodile-dominated waters of Australia’s Top End, I’ve been addicted. Having now shunned my corporate suit and closed my fancy-pants advertising agency, I focus entirely on fishing and fishing-related business. I’ve followed my lures all over Australia and further afield, casting flies or conventional lures at fish in New Zealand, Timor Leste, Cook Islands and Indonesia. Hailing from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Oz, kayak fishing was never on my radar due to my respectful wish to stay as far away from the crocodiles as possible. However, two years ago saw me relocate to the more hospitable waterways of the far south coast of New South Wales and thus, my kayak fishing adventure began! Whilst there are no barra down in these safer waters, there are plenty of other species to keep me constantly challenged and inspired. You can keep up with my adventures and connect with me on my Fishings cool page on Facebook.
I cut my teeth at the age of 5 fishing scrub worms for trout on the banks of Lake Eildon. It was those family camping trips that sparked a passion that has been with me ever since. In 2008 I purchased my first ever kayak, a Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Propel which took my passion for fishing and turned it into an obsession! All of a sudden there was no piece of water that was off limits and I found myself catching fish in places I’d never dreamed possible. I’m pretty happy catching anything with fins nowadays but spend most of my time fly and lure fishing for estuary perch, bream and snapper. I also have a love for Australian native fish and regularly find myself drifting a river in NSW fishing for bass or throwing spinnerbaits and hard bodies for Murray cod and golden perch. I live to get involved with anything fishing related and have been part of a number of fishing clubs and stocking program’s as well as working for various fishing tackle and kayak stores across Melbourne. This has enabled me to mix business with pleasure and share and promote my love of kayak fishing with like minded people.