Aidan's hooked on kayaks
AIDAN Robertson knows what it takes to catch fish from a kayak.
He also knows how to write about it.
The 15-year-old Xavier Catholic College student first combined his two great loves at age 11, submitting stories and photos which were published online at Viking Kayaks.
Viking knew they were onto a talent and sponsored the aspiring fishing writer not long after, they also announced him head of their company Facebook site.
Four years on, and Aidan has many strings to his bow.
He is a writer for Blade Magazine and Yak Fisher Magazine, two of the most popular reads for kayak anglers.
Through his role he experiences the great outdoors and promotes the attraction of local waters to readers from all over Australia and the world.
But it's more than just fishing that appeals to Aidan about kayaks.
It's the journey he takes aboard a craft that has no motor and can be carried under his arm, if required, or paddled to the uppermost reaches of a remote freshwater stream.
"It's just being out there close to the water. With the boat you can't be fishing next to someone and enjoy it, it's usually too close, but with the kayaks it's good for company, and flicking lures next to each other, it's a lot quieter," Aidan said.
"A lot of the spots we go to are in the middle of nowhere, a couple of kilometres from anything - there is no phone reception anywhere once you get down to the gullies."
The youngster does not have to travel alone, as in his house, fishing is a family affair.
"We do go with him," Aidan's dad, Danny said.
"One because safety wise - it's not uncommon in the freshwater to see snakes crossing the creeks. It's not uncommon to see a dozen black and brown snakes swim across the creek while we're fishing - but also because we enjoy it."
Recently, Aidan took another huge step into the world of new media. He invested in a camera boom and begun making short documentaries of his journeys into the wilderness.
His mum Debbie is not sure where her son's endeavours will one day take him.
At the moment everything he does finds success.
But Debbie does know one thing: she is proud of her little man.
- School: Xavier Catholic College
- Age: 15
- Facebook manager of KFDU (Kayak Fishing Down Under) forum and Viking Kayaks;
- Sponsored fisherman and writer for Viking Kayaks;
- Hervey Bay correspondent for Reidy's Lures and Bass Action Nets;
- Writer for Blade magazine and Yak Fisher Magazine;
- Makes lures called Lollypop Lures.