For Debbie, a love of water begins with the backyard spa and spans the far horizons.
The importance of water . . .
I was born in Albury before moving to Wagga Wagga on the Murrumbidgee River.
We have built our home and business here. Our two-and-a-half-acre property is also our factory where we manufacture Oar-Gee fishing lures.
As fishing lure manufacturers, water is extremely important to our business but also for the environment and other recreational anglers.
Where do you go to get away from it all?
To get away from it all, I like to take a spa, or a holiday, or just go out fishing. One of my favourite places is the Kimberley.
How often do you go there?
I would go back to the Kimberley tomorrow if I could find the time. The spa, I get to a bit more often than the fishing.
What do you like to do there?
Most of our trips involve fishing at some stage, usually with friends or with people we work with through our business.
When it comes to the spa, I like to relax with a beer or wine.
How do you feel when you are there?
Relaxed and away from the stress of running a business.
Why is water an important part of your relaxation?
Time spent fishing or in the spa allows me to get away from the pressures of work and dealing with the day-to-day management of our business.
We went on a trip to Zimbabwe, fishing for tiger fish. Just a few metres away from us, on the river bank, there were wild elephants, hippos, monkeys and other exotic animals.
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When I was little we used to go...
We used to go fishing for carp in the creek near our house and feed them to my pet pig.
I love to get away from it all and...
I love the quiet serenity of fishing. It is work in some ways, but I love the challenge of using our lures and being away from everyday problems.
The biggest fish I ever caught...
My biggest catch in length was a 96cm barramundi, but my biggest fish by weight was a PNG Black Bass that was 85cm long in Papua New Guinea. I’ve also caught a 96cm Murray cod and 5kg tiger fish (in Africa). We’re planning a trip to catch a Peacock Bass soon.
I couldn’t imagine a week without...
My husband and a glass of red.
The funniest thing happened when we were...
We were fishing in Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe and found one of our Oar-Gee lures caught in the weeds on the shore of the Ruzi River in an area that is completely inaccessible and on the other side of the world. We eventually found the angler who purchased the lure from a tackle shop in Bulawayo. What are the odds of it being found by us – the manufacturer – from Australia?!
It was a sad time, but I felt better when...
It’s sad that I wasn’t able to spend more time fishing with my dad as it was always his special time, to take him fishing.
It’s like another world when I go to...
It like a different world at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, Lake Murray, PNG, or the Kimberley. But at the end of the day, sitting on the bank of Old Man Creek with my grandchildren, just fishing and watching them grow as I did, by the water, is something I really enjoy.