Murray Pattison, Skipper
He started fishing before he could walk. His fascination has led him from fishing on the farm in Zimbabwe for bream and bass to Kariba Dam and the Zambezi River for tiger fish. He's been to the Nyanga (several dams and rivers) for trout and Mozambique for oceanic species. He started out catching fish conventionally with a rod and reel and then moved to fly fishing for the challenge.
The first time Murray fished in Australia was in Exmouth in April 2004 - he fell in love with the area and found himself spending all of his free time here. Finally at age 22 in 2009 he set up the first sports game fishing vessel in Exmouth for Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and skippered it. Murray developed both the international and national notoriety of billfishing in Exmouth. After five years Murray decided he needed to gain some experience both on larger vessels as well as spend time fishing internationally to hone his skills and learn new, up and coming techniques.
Exmouth however has always tugged at his heart. Murray is now back to fulfil a life long dream of showing people just how good the Exmouth fishery is. As he puts it, "My passion in life is showing people something I love and watching the excitement that follows. I want this trip to be a once in a lifetime experience for you."
Julian DeMarco, Deckhand
Julian’s love of fishing started as a youngster, fishing for pike and perch in the UK. Every summer he went to visit family in Italy and this is where he fished for giant Bluefin tuna, XOS tailor and dorado with his uncle.
Before arriving in Australia in 2013 he fished all through Central and South America, fishing the murky depths of the Amazon, the supersize tarpon of Nicaragua, the crystal clear flats of Belize right through to jigging for amberjack and wahoo in Mexico.
Since arriving in Australia, Julian has spent a year fishing the east coast from Cooktown right down to Port McQuarrie. Catching everything from GT’s to coral trout in the North down to snapper and kingfish in the South.
For the last year, he has been living in Exmouth where he has been fishing for blue water species on Ningaloo Reef from both boat and kayak with boat captures ranging from mahi mahi and wahoo to blue marlin.
Whilst fishing on the kayak, Julian has had some serious adventures. Being bumped by feisty bronze whaler sharks, encounters with minke and humpback whales and being stalked by a large tiger shark. Kayak captures have included the biggest spanish mackerel caught from a kayak in Australia in 2015 and most notably the first and only Billfish to have been kayak caught on the West coast of Australia.