RecFish SA Board
Mick found his passion for fishing at a very young age with trips to the Murray River and across to the Yorke Peninsula with his family.
He has worked in the fishing tackle industry for over 5 years and have been on the executive committee of the Lower Murray Lure Fishing Club for the past 7 years and currently holds the secretary position.
Mick has a very strong interest in the River Murray and its fishing and is very proud to have been involved in the first release of Murray cod into the Lower River Murray in February 2016. Mick has also dedicated a lot of his time to working alongside PIRSA & SARDI in the Murray cod and catfish co-management project and has recently made an important contribution to establishing new regulations for handling Murray cod.
Mick has a huge love for the River Murray and the iconic Murray cod with hopes of the cod soon returning in good numbers in the Lower River Murray along with other species such as silver perch and catfish.
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.
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.
Judy has been a passionate recreational fisher for many years, and fishes mainly on Yorke Peninsula with her family and friends from one of two classic wooden boats that have been recently restored. Judy is also passionate about the sustainability of our natural resources and agricultural industries. She is a strong and well-credentialed environmental advocate who brings to RecFish SA 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, policy development and project management in natural resources management, water resource management, environmental flows and Aboriginal partnership and engagement.
Judy has been a key adviser to the SA government and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Strategic Programs Review and The Living Murray Initiative. She was an inaugural member of the MDBA Strategic Thinkers Group, which provided strategic and policy advice on implementation of the Basin Plan. She is a past Board member of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) and has been a strong supporter of numerous fish research projects across the Murray-Darling Basin.
Judy has previously project managed strategy and policy development for the National Environmental Protection Measures on the assessment of site contamination, and ambient air quality standards. Judy has also developed State policy frameworks for SA River Murray salinity management and environmental flows, the use of Aboriginal interpreters and translators in remote and regional communities, Aboriginal partnerships in NRM, levee bank management, and environmental water allocations.
Judy has chaired and/or served on numerous federal, state, regional and local NRM boards and committees. She is currently a Board member of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) and NASAA Certified Organics (NCO). Judy is also a member of the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board Audit and Finance Committee. The appointment of Judy to our Board will strengthen RecFish’s policy and strategic planning platforms.
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.
Laura’s passion for fishing grew from a young age spending summer holidays on Yorke peninsula beaches where she enjoyed catching yellowfin whiting from shore, crabbing, scuba diving, as well as chasing snapper with her dad and grandpa.
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.
Josh has lived and breathed fishing since the day his grandfather put a rod in his hand and took him down to the local creek. Since then, fishing has become more of a lifestyle than a hobby, with Josh landing his first job within the industry and saving up to purchase his first boat at 14 years of age. Josh’s passion has grown immensely over the years, which has seen him getting involved in all forms of fishing. From chasing Bream in the Onkaparinga River, right the way through to chasing Tuna and Kingfish offshore, he is up for it. Josh is also very enthusiastic about tournament fishing, regularly entering the local bream, freshwater and Tuna competitions as well as the Hobie kayak series on occasion interstate.
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.
Neil has always been a keen angler since the age of 3, when his father first introduced him to the sport, fishing for Tommy Ruff off the Grange jetty. Growing up in Adelaide, Neil cut his teeth on all of the local species during his teens, while working short stints in the retail and commercial fishing sectors. Now fishing all genre, from fly to blue water game and always up for a challenge.
For Neil, the last 8 or so years have been mainly focused on kayak fishing, competing across Australia in the Hobie Bream series and other various events and tournaments fishing ultra-light gear with lures and plastics.
Living in the states south east for the last 30 + years, Neil has gained knowledge, interest and passion for the region and its waterways; particularly its past and its future potential.
Neil strives to be an asset to RecFish SA and its members, whilst improving recreational fishing for all South Australians.