Televison Fishing Personality
Rex probably needs less of an introduction than most of my ALF guests – for a generation of Aussie anglers the “Bearded Burbler” was a household name and a familiar face. Rex spent 17 years on Australian television, the majority hosting “Rex Hunt’s Fishing Adventures”, a dozen or so years on international fishing TV and countless hours of radio time. With a penchant for kissing fish prior to their release, signature catch-phrases and an unstoppable passion for improving recreational fishing and fisheries, few Aussie anglers have done more to raise the profile and standing of sport fishing in Australia.
4.55 Rex’s favourite fishing species.
King George whiting and trout, particularly brown trout.
8.06 Rex’s Favourite Fishing Location.
Port Heard, Bathurst Island (NT) targeting threadfin salmon on the flats.
12.28 Rex’s bucket list species.
Bonefish. Rex reckons Brett Wolfe’s Ningaloo Fly Fishing is an awesome opportunity for Aussie anglers to target this species whilst keeping their money in Australia.
17.07 Rex’s favourite piece of fishing tech.
His bait pump, which he keeps lubricated and regularly replaces the rubbers. Also an aquarium net to sample freshwater bugs and understand what trout eat. He also recommends the Black Spur Inn for a quality hamburger on the way home from fishing the Goulburn.
22.37 Who Rex would love to spend a day fishing with?
His dear friend Peter Nixon, Fraser era deputy Prime Minister, gentleman and a man from the land.
25.21 Importantance of fishing for maintaining good physical and mental health?
Rex talks about his health struggles, why it’s important to talk to people and the role that fishing plays in keeping him in good health and good spirits.
31.47 How Fishing Has Changed In Rex’s Time.
Fishing has become more immediate and more complex. Rex believes that fishing is about more than just catching fish, it’s about learning and experiencing. He still loves the simple forms of fishing that involve collecting bait and fishing it on a handline.
36.35 Rex Hunt Vic Fish Kids.
Rex lobbied Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to ultimately put a fishing rod into the hands of 10,000 Victorian kids who might otherwise never have fished. Rex firmly believes that kids who fish tend to live a cleaner lifestyle.
39.16 Kissing fish and Rex’s role in promoting catch and release
Rex realised that fishing had a poor image and was the pastime of grumpy old men, so he added colour to make it exciting and started working to change the public image of fishing.
47.35 Rex’s favourite quote.
Theodore Roosevelt. “Far better it is to dare mighty and impossible things even chequered by failure than to take rank with those poor souls that nether enjoy nor suffer much. They know not victory or defeat. Have a go and damn the consequences.”
Win A Blade ‘N’ Tails Rod And Virtous Reel Spin Combo Autographed By Rex Thanks To Wilson Fishing
To Enter: “Rex Hunt’s Fishing Adventures” ran on the Seven Network for 14 seasons between 1991-2004, with most episodes still available online today. In the comments section at the bottom of this page, tell us about your favourite moment or quote from the show, including the season and episode number 😉 I’ll pick my favourite entry as the winner!
Closing Date: Friday 7 August @ 5pm AEST. Winner will be contacted via email and announced on the Doc Lures Facebook page.