Japanese fishermen sure have made their mark here, but not many (any?) from Australia. Then again, Japan has black bass, Australia â€“ nope. In fact, in Queensland you can get up to a $200K penalty for stocking them. Harsh!
Nevertheless, Australia has fish and fishermen, and at least one of those fishermen wants to play in the bigs â€“ here. In fact, he’s supposed to step on U.S. lakeshores in January.
Excerpts from The Chronicle, an Australian newspaper:
> Fellow anglers and a high-powered friend are combining to help champion Toowoomba fisherman Carl Jocumsen realize his dream of competing professionally in the United States.
> Jocumsen, who is among the countryâ€™s leading bass anglers, is due to head to the States in January in the next step of his career.
> To aid Jocumsenâ€™s American challenge, a fund-raising fishing tournament has been organized to help pay for his trip. â€œIâ€™ve been absolutely blown away by the support Iâ€™ve received from family and friends ahead of this trip,â€ Jocumsen said. â€œMoney is the only thing that can hold me back from giving this a good shot, and this fund-raising weekend will be an unbelievable help to me.â€
> Joining the weekend activities will be Jocumsenâ€™s friend and 2007 MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner. â€œCasey has been a huge supporter of mine, and itâ€™s just fantastic he can be a part of the weekend,â€ Jocumsen said.
Look out, mates!