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Steve Starling

Fishing/Boating/Outdoor Journalist & TV Presenter

Steve starlingSteve Starling is one of Australia's best known and most highly respected fishing and outdoor journalists.  He has published in excess of 15 books and a CD-ROM on the subject of angling, as well as thousands of magazine articles, both here and overseas.  In addition, Steve has scripted and presented several instructional videos, and has been a researcher and on-screen presenter for both "Rex Hunt's Fishing World" and "The Great Outdoors", both on the Seven Network.  Currently, he is co-host of "Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures" on Seven, co-host of "The Australian Fishing Show" on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel, and a regular summertime presenter of the "Legends of Fishing" radio program on Sydney's 2GB.

Starling had his first magazine article accepted at the age of 16, while in his final year of school.  Later, he went on to the University of NSW to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English and a Diploma in Education, qualifying as a secondary school English/History teacher in 1980.  Following a stint as a teacher in the arid outback, he left the

Education Department to take up a position as Assistant Editor of Fishing World magazine (Yaffa Publishing).  After three months with this company, and just prior to his 22nd birthday, Steve became Editor of the magazine.

During his four years with Yaffa Publishing, Starling helped break all previous sales records for Fishing World, and elevated the title to the position of Australia's top-selling angling monthly.  Late in 1984, he left the Editor's chair to become a Field Editor and full-time freelance writer, publishing his first hard-cover book early the following year.

In 1987/88, Steve was the Editor of Bay Books' highly successful weekly part-work publication entitled "Fishing Australia" and chief scriptwriter for the ABC television series "Go Fish Australia", hosted by the late John Meillon.   Upon completing these tasks at the end of 1988, he departed for a year's working holiday in North America, where he became the founding Editor of "Canadian Sportfishing" magazine; now Canada's top-selling angling publication.  He also appeared on the popular North American television program of the same name.

Since his return to Australia at the end of 1989, Starling has continued to develop and expand his freelance market.  He has been a Field Editor, contributor and columnist for Modern Fishing, Small

Boat Fishing, Freshwater Fishing Australia, Rex Hunt Fishing adventures, Fly Life, Sydney Afloat and Canadian Sportfishing magazines, as well as a frequent contributor to several other domestic and international titles, including the American magazine, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, and the

Japanese title, Sport Anglers.   His work has been translated into seven languages, and his stories and photographs have appeared in travel, outdoor and angling publications from Sweden, Norway and Poland to the United States and Japan.

Not surprisingly, Steve Starling's fishing expertise and experience is extensive.   He has cast a line in every state of Australia, as well as more than a dozen other countries, including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, The Solomons, Thailand, Finland, Norway, Russia, Canada, Britain, the United States and Japan.  At the age of 18, he was recognised as a "Master Angler" by the Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA), and held six national fishing records by his 20th birthday.

In October, 1981, while competing in the Air Canada Tuna Cup on the icy waters off Nova Scotia, Starling became the first Australian ever to land a bluefin tuna weighing in excess of 1,000 pounds; ultimately winning this prestigious event for his country.   In 1984, he was half of the victorious snapperAustralian team which beat competitors from around the world at a media salmon fishing tournament staged in British Columbia, Canada.   In 1991, he set a new World Record mark for Australian salmon (kahawai) on fly fishing tackle, landing the largest example of this species ever recorded anywhere in the world by a fly-casting angler.  In 1995, he was joint runner-up in the inaugural Broome Fly Rod Tournament, catching and releasing three Indo-Pacific sailfish on fly.   More recently, in August 1998, he joined the ranks of that small elite of saltwater fly rodders who have successfully landed a black marlin on fly fishing tackle.

Steve is equally at home casting tiny dry flies to timid trout in alpine brooks, fishing the wave-pounded ocean rock ledges around his seaside home south of Sydney, or chasing giant marlin, tuna and sharks on the deep ocean grounds offshore from the world's most famous game fishing ports.  It would be true to say that no other Australian angler has Starling's depth of knowledge and widespread expertise on fishing, nor his extensive communication skills.  With an output well in excess of a quarter of a million published words each year and his regular television appearances, he is clearly one of this country's most prolific and high-profile fishing communicators


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