RecFish SA Board
Barry started fishing many years ago with a trip to Waitpinga. He caught a large salmon there on a very small rod with a rusty lure, and was hooked on fishing! Barry has a broad knowledge of surf fishing all over South Australia, having spent considerable time fishing the Coorong beach, the Southeast, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Fowlers Bay and beyond. He also has considerable experience with boat fishing for whiting, snapper and tuna in various locations.
A passion for fishing and the importance of the recreational sector has led to Barry being involved in a number of recreational fishing bodies. He was chairman of the Fleurieu Peninsula Rec. Fishing Committee (FPRFC), a board member of SA Rec Fishing Advisory Council and the rec fishing member of the Southern Zone Rock Lobster Committee. As chair of FPRFC, he played a significant role in the approval for a new fishing jetty at Rapid Bay.
Currently, Barry is a volunteer for Fishcare , is a member of Victor Harbor Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron, and is looking forward to working with the other board members of RecFish SA to improve recreational fishing outcomes in SA. He believes RecFish SA is the peak body for recreational fishing in SA and can assist all SA fishers to ensure equitable access to fishing stocks and have confidence that our sector is being protected and enhanced
Levi caught the bug at a young age of probably five or six, tagging along with his Dad on frequent Salt Creek beach fishing trips chasing Mulloway, Kingston SE for Snapper/Crayfish and the Coorong for Bream/Mullet.
Later in life moving to Adelaide from the South East farm life, Levi began to fish many other SA destinations, enjoying the camping and fishing lifestyle admiring the wildlife and scenery along with it.
Still drawn to the memories of the Coorong which both of his Grandfathers hunted and fished, he finds himself today quiet often tagging big Bream in the Coorong with a keen interest on the water and fishery management of the system. Which lead him and some mates from the South East to establish the “Young Husband Fishing Club” which has moved along quite well since 2006 with club members mainly fishing both sides of the Younghusband Peninsula and beyond.
Andrew Harris is a very keen and passionate recreational salt and fresh-water fisherman.
Andrew has grown up around recreational fishing and boating from a very young age with his father and grandfather, fishing the lakes of Jindabyne with a fly rod, to the offshore depths of South Australia and beyond.
As a boat owner for many years (a few of them!), fishing with friends and family is what he loves doing – seeing them catch fish, particularly challenging fish for the first time is better than dong it yourself!
Working within the industry and having spent time with the wider fishing community, Andrew is very well connected and respected within the fishing tackle and boating sector. He has a strong understanding of the industry and the impacts of both commercial and recreational fishing.
Recognising a need for improved representation, communication, and subsequent change in line with other leading states across Australia, Andrew believes the preservation of sustainable fishing through SA is crucial, as are improvements to infrastructure like boat ramps and facilities.Andrew is keen to represent the recreational fishing community to support improved practices and infrastructure.
To him this means giving a voice to the thoughts, problems, and ideas heard at the ramp, on the deck and around the BBQ.
The time for change is now!
Lee Van Soest
Lee started fishing as a young girl with her father and grandfather but it wasn’t until early 2014 that her passion for fishing really took over. After joining the GFCSA and being invited to participate with Team Micks Winch things started to ramp up.
Lee has competed in numerous Fishing Competitions around the State including the Coast 2 Coast Tuna Tournament with unequalled success. She also has a swag of State and Australian GFAA records to her name.
Lee volunteers quite a bit of time in helping promote fishing and boating in South Australia and is a Tuna Champions Ambassador, member of NDSFC and Sea Rescue of SA.
Alex began fishing with his father from a very young age on the yearly family holiday to Kangaroo Island. Landing his first Bream on Kangaroo Island at the age of 4, his passion for fishing only grew stronger with time. In his spare time Alex takes great pride in volunteering as Coordinator for the Warren Reservoir Recreational Fishing Committee as well as current Member and former President of the OzFish Unlimited Barossa Valley Chapter, and has enjoyed leading projects in maintaining and upgrading the Warren fishery, as well as hosting the very successful yearly Gone Fishing Day event at the Warren Reservoir. Alex still travels to his favourite spot, Kangaroo Island each year with his Hobie Kayak chasing big Bream, Tuna and Salmon among other species, but loves to fish all over South Australia and beyond, carrying a spare rod at all times. Alex also coordinates a number of kayak fishing tournaments including the new Bream Master SA, Kayak Fishing Series. Alex also has a strong passion for social media engagement and Member communications.
Shane Hodgens has been a keen fisherman from a young age where every weekend was fishing the Jetties at Adelaide. Shane has an extensive knowledge of saltwater fishing in South Australia having fished for many years in Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula where he now resides.
Shane has a passion for sustainable fishing practices, fish and environment restoration and plastic reduction from our water ways. Shane hopes that someday soon better management practices come into force so South Australia’s iconic fish species are in good numbers for all to enjoy to catch into the future.
This passion has seen Shane open his own Fishing Tackle shop where he greatly enjoys mixing with other fishers from around the state and also around country and talking all this fishing and how to fix our fishing problems.
When not working Shane can be found fishing the beaches of the West Coast or around some of the pristine offshore Islands of the West Coast.
Dave McDonald developed his passion for fishing and diving an early age chasing blue crabs and snapper with his Father and Uncle in Whyalla. Fishing and boating became his fascination throughout his childhood mainly spent in the waters surrounding Myponga Beach. Either on the water chasing King George Whiting, or immersed in it spearing for the odd Flathead or squid, Dave was never far from the Ocean.
This enduring passion lead to a brief pursuit of Marine Biology before landing his dream job of becoming a Fisheries Officer. Based on Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula during his career, Dave was fortunate enough to witness the full spectrum of Marine Scale recreational fishing. This role provided the opportunity to teach and educate many keen anglers in sustainable fishing practices as well as environmental management. (Growing up with teachers for parents rubbed off). Dave feels it is particularly important to demonstrate these practices to junior anglers. He was able to do this through events such as workshops, school visits and working closely with the Fishcare Volunteers program.
Having moved on from Fisheries in 2016, Dave felt compelled to contribute in a positive and meaningful manner. He has been fortunate enough to join the team at RecFish SA and is looking forward to providing a coordinated and united voice for all of the Recreational Fishers of South Australia.
As a current CEO of a recreational fishing NGO in the Northern Territory and former Executive Director at RecFish SA, David has significant experience in leadership, representation and management in the recreational fishing sector. Prior to working in the non government sector he had decade of experience in the South Australian fishing tackle retail industry while studying politics and international studies.
As a participant and then mentor in the FRDC Future Leaders Program David is committed to capacity building in the recreational fishing sector in SA, as well as nationally. David is passionate about RecFish SA being a modern, communicative and open organisation. At RecFish SA he has brought focus to communications & governance. David has recently completed a diploma in not-for-profit business governance through the ICDA.
David is a keen fisher in both salt and freshwater and enjoys fishing in metropolitan Adelaide and in the Mt. Lofty ranges. Now residing in Darwin, David enjoys fishing for Tuna, Queenfish and Barramundi. First elected to the Executive/Board in November 2013, David participates in Board meetings via phone/video links.
I wish to lend my support to recreational fishing in SA by seeking an Individual Member position on the RecFishSA board in the 2021 call.
I have fished since my earliest memories in the Snowy Mountains and then from a very early age in SA. My efforts include fresh and sea water fishing, both land and boat. As a teenager I had a stint on professional boats running out of Streaky Bay. My fishing exploits are not adorned with any gold medals but with a lot of enjoyment and benefits to body and spirit.
I have served on Boards and high-level government, private and NGO committees in peak bodies and have an extensive understanding and working knowledge of the advocacy and grind needed to keep such peak bodies in their rightful place as effective advocates for the good of South Australia.
Now as a grandfather bringing my grandchildren to the joys of fishing, I wish to extend my involvement and add to the wider needs and challenges facing recreational fishing in South Australia.