I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Float your boat at the Fish For Life Family Fun Day
Fish for Life has been an adventure where Mark Ratchford has travelled around Australia in a 6.8 metre Evolution boat, while raising much need funds to support Cancer Council Australia. Mark departed on this incredible journey from the Melbourne Boat Show on Sunday June 20th 2016 and has worked his way around the coast of Australia.
Along the way he has called into a number of ports to meet and fish with the locals at places such as Melbourne, Queenscliff, King Island, Three Hammock Island, Strahan, Hobart, Port Arthur, Swansea, Merimbula, Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay and Sydney.
In Queensland there were plenty of stop offs, including Gladstone, Yeppoon, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Cooktown, just to name a few.
Parts of NT and WA were not left out with stops at North Island, Alyangula, Darwin, Kimberly Coastal Camp, Derby, Broome and Exmouth.
Heere is your chance to help support Mark and the JUSTAGIRL crew as they travel up the Adelaide River for the family Fun Day. Image courtesty of Fish For Life.
On the 6th of November 2016 Mark will be arriving at Port Adelaide and driving up the Port Adelaide River to Harts Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide where they will be holding the Family Fun Day from 11am to 3pm.
Team JUSTAGIRL, comprising Tracey Tito, Renee Martin and Samone Wear will head up the South Australian part of the journey raising cancer funds for SA as they join Mark as he makes his way up the Port Adelaide River, which will be hosted on the Inner Harbour at the historical Harts Mill Precinct at Port Adelaide.
One of the fish that Mark has caught on his epic joury around Australia. Image courtesy of Fish For Life.
A flotilla of boats will meet the Fish for Life Crew at West Beach, and accompany the boys to the Port Docks where they will stay overnight. An opportunity to be on this vessel for this leg of the journey will be auctioned at the Corporate Dinner Event. There will also be rides, music, food and stalls, fun for all.
How to get Involved.
Team JUSTAGIRL are looking for sponsors for these events and have a healthy value proposition for those who might be interested. Please contact Tracey on 0412238517.
Visit your local tackle shops for news and ways you can help from purchasing the Fish for Life wrist bands to registering your boats to journey with the Fish for Life crew.
Supporters and helpers are also needed for the other SA stops, Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbour and Robe. Maybe you would like to become part of the flotilla and support Mark and the JUSTAGIRL crew in raising funds for Cancer Council Australia.
All you need to do is register at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your skipper, boat name, people on board, boat length and launch location.
There will be a prize for the best dressed boat so make it a fun day for yourself, friends and family and dress up your boat in your favourite colours or themes.
Entry is by $25 per boat donation, so get yourself out there and raise some funds for this great cause.
Once Mark and the crew have rested up for a short while they will then head off to Victor Harbour, Robe, Portland, Apollo Bay and return to Melbourne Docklands.
Mark still has a long way to go. Image courtesy of Fish For Life.