Fishing as a hobby can yield catches like this massive fish for teenager Jack.

Fishing as a hobby has amazing benefits

Fishing as a hobby has some amazing benefits, which is why I have always encouraged my kids to come fishing with me! Hoping they will get as addicted to it as I have been.

Fishing as a hobby (or in my case a lifestyle) can benefit humans in so many ways…

• Great exercise. Walking to your favourite spot, fighting a big fish or simply getting the boat ready will increase your heart rate and get you off the couch.

• Getting into nature. Sunlight is good for the body (vitamin D). Plus being in nature has proven benefits to destress the body, relax the mind and of course… Get you off the computer!

• Human eyes are not designed for extended close up work, such as being on a computer. Think about it. The average cave man was only doing close up work while lighting a fire or building a canoe. The rest of the time they were looking up hunting prey, checking the weather (probably did a better job of it than BOM) and searching for their next girlfriend. That’s why our eyes get tired when we are on the computer for long periods.

• Fishing as a hobby helps keep your body young. Finger dexterity tying knots, balancing on rocks or moving boats and increased oxygen in the great outdoors is great for the body.


If there is one thing that grows on you as you get older and wiser is to watch and encouraging kids to get outdoors and become involved with constructive hobbies such as fishing and sport.

I see such a growing trend of many kids becoming locked away and distracted from activities that promote a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically.

With most parents so busy these days, many are too distracted and tired to spend time with their kids. Easy entertainment such as computer games and such become the solution. I know how distracting life can be as I have been in this situation myself. But I always tried my hardest to get my kids out fishing as a hobby and more outdoors in general.

Sometimes it was very hard to do being exhausted after days on end doing charters. And the one thing I didn’t want to do on my days off was go fishing.

But many times I pushed myself through it in the interest of my kids. I wanted them to experience the way I was bought up during the old school era.

Young gun Jack Centofanti is an up and coming Ambassador for the sport.

In this blog we take a look at one of our youngest students and his passion for everything outdoors. Fishing as a hobby being number 1.

Young Jack Centofanti is the classic example of what younger people can achieve if pointed in the right direction early.

His appreciation of fishing and the outdoors has made him a very intelligent and level headed lad. It has been an absolute pleasure watching his progress through fishing.

He is now a very established angler and is going make quite a footprint in the competition arenas into the future. To think that I had a little bit to do with it has made me very proud.

Since doing our online fishing courses Barra Basics and Sounder Skills 2, Jack has caught over 100 massive metre plus barramundi! And he is still in high school! His goal this year is 100 metreys in one year. He is already one third of the way there and it’s not yet February.

Check out just some of Jack’s amazing catches below. For more catch him on Instagram@jackcentofanti13

The smile says it all. Fishing as a hobby paid off for young Jack Centofanti with one of his many metre plus barramundi

The smile says it all. Fishing as a hobby paid off for young Jack Centofanti with one of his many metre plus barramundi

Another big Tinaroo barra hits the deck for young gun Jack.

Another big Tinaroo barra hits the deck for young gun Jack.


Fishing Lake Tinaroo

And what better than to join him for a fish in his local waterway at Lake Tinaroo in the Atherton tablelands.

The plan was to spend a late arvo and evening fishing session on the Dam to see him in action.

He didn’t disappoint us but unfortunately, we missed the best session with him as I came down with a bad flu the day before. Around 10 pm I was fading fast so we pulled the pin a few hours before they came on the bite.

Watch the video of our time with Jack below…



But young Jack certainly made the most of it.

He is a very inspiring lad and so independent at such a young age. I'm looking forward to getting out again with him in future. Lake Tinaroo is a great place to introduce them to fishing as a hobby. There are no crocodiles or jellyfish to worry about and plenty of places to camp.

We stayed at Camp Barrabadeen which has great hot water showers , very clean toilets and you can launch your boat there too. It is a wildlife sanctuary so unfortunately you cant take the pooch.

I think the most important message I'm trying to get across is to get your kids into fishing as a hobby. It’s the best medicine in this day and age for them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

You cant beat life experiences so if you find yourself in the position where it makes it hard to spend time with your kids try and push through the challenges and just do it. Even a packet of prawns chasing bream of the rocks is all that’s needed. Learn how here.

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Darrin Griffith

    Reply Reply January 30, 2020

    Love Barra Basics guys. I’m just a bit strapped for time presently but it will be short lived and then I’m determined to post a spot in the metery club.
    Love the video with Jack, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your next visit.
    I fished Tinaroo just for the day on the 27th Dec a small bite window was fished and I did ok in the nursery but need to get up there with a local. It was pretty hot that day too.

    All the best Ryan and Karen.



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