John Curtis

If you fish recreationally in WA, then the chances are you at some stage have looked to the fishing reports of John Curtis for guidance.

A passionate fisherman and champion of the rights of anglers, John has been informing Perth fishers of what’s biting for decades, through his efforts in both print and radio media, and still continues to do so.

There are few people with their finger more on the pulse of what happening is happening in WA fishing than John.

His fishing reports can currently be heard on ABC Radio on Saturday mornings.

What many people wouldn’t know is John is also the president of the Australian Anglers Association of WA, which is an association of WA angling clubs.

In that role, John coordinates a number of its regular events, including annual state competitions for estuary fishing, rock and beach fishing, boat fishing and dry casting, and liaises with the other similar bodies around Australia.

The AAAWA also maintains lists of all record fish captures made in Western Australia and John is the Recording Officer for the records.

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John is a tireless worker for the AAAWA, which aims to promote club angling as a sport and recreation for everyone, and is also active in matters affecting recreational fishers.

The AAAWA works closely with Recfishwest and regularly makes submissions on issues facing anglers, including improved access and particular rule reviews.

John has been one of the driving forces behind AAAWA for many years, having got involved in the club shortly after its inception and has steadily increased his participation since.

A keen rock and beach fisherman for many years, John gets his fishing fix by catching whiting off Hillarys most weeks.

John also builds custom rods during his spare time, and you may see his custom rods pop up in some of Recfishwest’s competitions.

For many years of service to recreational fishing WA, John is Decembers Community Champion.

Know a person worthy of being a Recfishwest Community Champion? Nominations can be sent to recfish@recfishwest.org.au