I'm cmj, or more commonly known as Craig. I live in Berry, which is a small country town 2 hrs drive south of Sydney and about 10mins drive inland. South of Kiama and North of Jervis Bay.
43 yr old Self Employed Building Designer (all residential work). Divorced but have 12 yr old daughter who is starting to get into fishing as it gets her away from her little brother and sister. Currently have girlfriend (Leanne) who has two boys, Raymond-12 and Caleb-10.
Started fishing before I can remember actually, My grand father used to make his own Split Cane nigger rods (luderick) and also my GGM used to fish for them aswell. Dad obviously fished for them and a few other species off the rocks with mates in the early to mid seventies. It made my dad's day one birthday a few years ago when I found him a split cane nigger rod on ebay and also got him a matching era centrepin for it. He never got his hands on one of pop's old ones.
I am currently sourcing new blanks so I can get a new graphite rod build for said weed eating monsters, and I also use a centrepin for that too, bit of a traditionalist.
Started lure fishing about four years ago for flathead and then competed in my first ABT in 2005, and subsequently qualified for the Grand Final later that year and came 4th in Non-Boater Division.
Fished 2006 season as a mix of Boater and Non-Boater and qualified again for Grand Final and had a shocker at GF. Also fished STC and didnt make GF due to work commitments for one of the qualifying rounds.
2007 started with both STC with my fishing partner from the year before Andrew Walker (Swoffa), we were going to qualify come hell or high water and we did and upset a few teams along the way with a 4th place at Port Macquarie and a 10th place at the Gold Coast Round. We peaved a few others off that weekend also because we borrowed Mr Morgan's Stratos with a 150 ETec on the back, but thats another story.
2007 also saw ma do two ABT's as a Non-Boater and I won the Sydney round and had a midfield finish at the Hawkesbury round, but another trip to an ABT GF is on in November to Lake Macquarie.
In late 2005 I purchased an Drew Griffith built Attack 470, it was Mango's old boat and it has served me well. It has a 90 ETec on the back and is a 42mph GPS boat after a few tweaks from the guys at BRP. I am currently awaiting the new deck designs for the 2007/08 Attacks to start on a new boat which will have a 115 Etec hung off a 6" jacking plate, should be a mid 50's boat then.
I use Millerods Bream Busters for all my breaming and bassing and have a few other styles of his in my sports/utility room. Ian is about 45-50mins drive down the road, so its tooo convenient really and he makes an exceptional product. I think the tally is 10-11 and there are a few down at Ians in for repairs
I have a low key arrangement with Shimano and hence I use their reels and a lot of their lures and they supply my clothing. I am free to use other product aswell.