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Gary Howard

Fraser Island Heavy Beach Fishing

Gary Howard is Creek to Coast’s fishing and boating specialist.

His passion for fishing has taken him from the remote regions of the Kimberley and Northern Territory, to the quiet streams of our inland waterways and the yellow fin tuna grounds of Bermagui. However, the waters of South East Queensland remain his primary fishing areas, with Fraser Island being his favourite.

In addition to Gary’s television work, he’s had an extensive career writing for many boating and fishing magazines and filing reports for various radio programs.

Outside his media commitments, Gary runs his own fishing rod manufacturing business, supplying quality fishing rods throughout Australia and parts of the South Pacific.

Question time

What is your best fishing spot?
Kulumbaru, Kimberley Coast. Most North Western Point of Australia.

Your favourite 4WD track?
The open beach on Fraser Island looking for gutters to fish.

Best camping spot?
Fraser Island.

If you had to be stuck on an island with one of the other Creek to Coast presenters, who would it be and why?
Sally, because she gets my dry sense of humour and we both love to catch and cook seafood….albeit my skills not so refined but fresh seafood always taste great.

What is your funniest crew story?
When I was doing a live radio cross on the way to a shot and the announcer asked as part of the interview if they could talk to the cameraman and the cameraman let the F word go a couple of times but we got out of that one luckily didn’t we Chris Deadman !!

If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why?
Outer edge of the Ribbon Reefs far North Queensland. Been my dream since I saw the early Mal Florence videos when I was a kid. I just love the remote pristine reefs and the diversity of fishing they offer.

What is your hidden talent?
I tell a good joke around the campfire after a few beers….the only problem is I’m usually doing it alone and only I laugh !! haha

Best eating fish?
I like pearl perch and flathead.

Best catching fish?
Catching Queenfish on surface poppers.

Item you always have with you for camping/driving/fishing?
Fishing rods, Puma pocket knife my parents bought me when I was 15 years old in a hand made leather pouch. I recently should my 16 year old daughters boy friend just how sharp it was !!

What food do you despise the most?
Fish Sauce

Favourite recipe/food?
Sand crab lasagna.

What is one thing in the world you can’t live without?
My kids.

What is the most unusual bait you’ve used to catch a fish?
Horse fly.

What is your best party trick?
Just the odd practical joke.

On a day off…where would we most likely find you?
Fishing or in my garden…weather depending.

What are you most afraid of?
Getting old before I tick off my bucket list…at least a few more of them anyway.

Your best relaxing spot?
Fraser Island