Starlo and Jo fishing in Tasmania.Hi! Welcome to the first instalment of our regular “Keeping Up With The Starlings” blog, updating you on all of our fishing-related activities.

In future, these blogs will appear monthly or thereabouts, but this first one gets the ball rolling by briefly recapping what we’ve been up to for the first quarter of 2017, leading up to the launch of my initial range of Starlo’s Finesse Fishing Wear from Mad Keen.

The first three months of this year represented an especially busy time for us. Alongside the important product development work that was busily going on behind the scenes with the good folks at Mad Keen to facilitate the launch of my signature series of SFF Wear, we had all our usual work deadlines and commitments to fulfil, as well as various tournaments and events to attend.

Starlo and Jo's new custom-built snubby pro

We arrived back on the mainland from Tasmania on New Year’s Eve after a successful two-week Christmas trout fishing foray and hit the ground running. (You can read about that Tassie trip in issue #30 of “FishLife” magazine, or by going to www.fishlife.tv)

We’d taken delivery of our shiny new Beastmaster Boats Snubby 500 sport fishing runabout just before travelling to Tassie and we were dying to give her a decent shakedown and on-water test. I’m pleased to report that the vessel (called “Mad Keen”!) has more than lived up to our expectations. You can watch a short video of her first test run here.

starloblog3Towards the end of January, Jo and I enjoyed a quick visit to Kangaroo Island to catch up with family. Of course, fishing was also part of the mix and we landed some cracker King George whiting while fishing the island’s inshore waters with Jo’s Uncle Kevin. What a great place KI is!

The first weekend in February saw us in Wagga Wagga for the town’s annual Fishing Classic and to catch up with our good mate Matt Cunneen, who makes Gangster Lures Spinnerbaits. The following week we hitched up the boat and headed for Lake Mulwala on the Murray River at Yarrawonga to compete in the final round of this year’s Australian Freshwater Masters tournament series. Jo and I were lucky enough to win this prestigious event in 2015/16, but after a poor start in the Lake Windamere golden perch round this time, we knew we’d battle to finish anywhere near the top. As it turned out, we enjoyed great cod fishing at Mulwala, but just couldn’t find those bigger fish we needed to bump up our score. Nonetheless, it was a great event, and one that we really enjoyed.

starloblog4In mid-March I enjoyed a wonderful few days down in north eastern Victoria and the NSW high country chasing trout and cod with my old mates Matt Tripet from The Fly Program and Cam McGregor of River Escapes guided fishing. It was a successful trip and you can watch the action from one especially memorable day of it here.

At roughly the same time, Jo took her Native Watercraft kayak to Blue Rock Lake in Victoria’s South Gippsland to compete in a round of the Bass Australia Nation kayak tournament series, which is proudly sponsored by our friends at Native Watercraft Australia. In an extremely tough and hard-fought event, Jo finished a very creditable sixth overall on a waterway she’d never seen before… Well done! (By the way, Jo is busily working on a range of women’s fishing wear for Mad Keen, but more on that exciting project as the year progresses.)

In between these travels and events, we fished quite a bit locally on our home waters in southern NSW, enjoying reasonable results on everything from bass, bream, flathead and whiting to snapper and mowies offshore. As I said, it has been a busy few months!

As I write this, pre-production is well under way for Season Four of “The Offroad Adventure Show” on Network TEN and ONE HD. I’m the TV show’s resident fishing presenter and I’m really looking forward to beginning work on the new season, which should hit the airwaves in about October this year. I’ll be sure to keep you up to speed on all the action, both in front of the camera and behind it, as filming progresses.

Here’s a little “behind the scenes” look at life ‘on set’, shot on Jo’s iPhone when we were filming in Weipa during Season 3 of ORAS. Unedited… this is how we roll. 

That’s about it for now from the world of the Starlings. Until next time, Tight Lines… and remember, stay Mad Keen!

KEEPING UP WITH THE STARLINGS: First Quarter 2017