I found my love for fishing at the young age of 5. I consider myself very lucky to have inherited my addiction of fishing from my Step Father, Henry, as well as my father, Perry.
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.