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TEAM MEMBER PROFILES

TEAM MEMBER PROFILES

Rhys Creed

- Social Fishing Founder

Rhys Creed is the founder of Social Fishing with the beginning of the brand starting back in 2014. Ever since that day he has been passionate about helping other catch more fish and become better anglers. Rhys features in most of the content on the website and he is also a public speaker having appeared at a number of Boat Shows, Expos and Tackle Shops. He has been fishing for a number of years and loves all forms of freshwater fishing. His favourite style of fishing is casting for Murray Cod in fast water rivers.

Sponsors - Spotters, Mud Guts Spinnerbaits, Ignite, Lowrance

More about Rhys...

Rhys grew up in Wagga Wagga and really fell in love with fishing at the age of 9. He use to spend every weekend down at Lake Albert testing his skills on the local Carp population. It’s here that the passion grew as he learnt everything he could that would help him catch more fish. From there Rhys learnt how to lure fish and spent most weekends on the Murrumbidgee River chasing natives, learning new techniques, testing new lures and learning as much as he could.

Rhys started Social Fishing to help share his information to others and help them catch more fish. There wasn’t one good place to go for information on freshwater fishing, so Rhys decided to start Social Fishing and share everything he had learnt.

The website has grown since its beginnings to include a range of article and video content, including an Online and DVD tutorial series titled the ‘Complete Guide Lure Fishing Series’ which covers everything an angler needs to know about freshwater lure fishing. You can learn more about this series here.

Rhys now speaks at a number of shows and expos including the Sydney International Boat Show and has appeared on numerous episodes of the TV Series IFISH. He is also the ambassador for GoFish Nagambie which is Australia’s richest freshwater fishing competition.

MOST MEMORABLE CATCHES

Rhys' Favourite Catch

First Metre Murray Cod – 120cm Blowering Dam

12/12/12 - Blowering Dam - Murray Cod 120cm - 90mm AC Invader 24ft

"I’ve had so many memorable experiences and catches but I couldn’t go past my first ever metre Murray Cod. It was back in December of 2012, I was 18 years old and Jack Zyhalak and I decided to head to the dam to try our luck. Back then we visitors to the lake and didn’t fish it regularly enough to know it like we do today. Our plan of attack was to head out and troll the rocky banks with some big lures and hope that we could find a hungry fish.

Everything went wrong! First of all we forgot our frying pan to cook up our dinner we had packed. From there all our electronics in the boat died, so we had no sounder or navigation lights. Plus the lake was the choppiest I had ever seen it with a terrible wind howling down the dam. We found one rocky bank tucked out of the wind and decided this was our troll run for the entire night. On about the 5th run on the outside Jack was smacked by a big fish and it didn’t connect. To say he was gutted is an understatement.

We finished the troll run and turned around, this time I was on the outside and in the same spot, I loaded up! This was a really good fish, by far the biggest fish I had ever hooked. I stood up, balanced myself and got ready for the battle. This fish had weight and as soon as I starting gaining line it took off straight back to the bottom (to this day still the hardest fighting cod I’ve hooked). This happened two more times before we got to see the sheer size of this fish.

It was MASSIVE! Never had we seen anything like it and the adrenaline pumping through my body was insane. It finally surfaced and somehow we managed to fit its head inside the net which now felt like a pond scoop. We both cradled this fish and lifted it into the boat, quick photos and back into the water.

I remember laying on the deck of the boat for about 15 mins after the catch shaking from the adrenaline. We both couldn’t believe what had just happened. As a young boy you dream of such giants and when you meet one for the first time, it’s an incredible feeling!"

MOST MEMORABLE CATCHES

Rhys' Favourite Catch

First Metre Murray Cod – 120cm Blowering Dam

12/12/12 - Blowering Dam - Murray Cod 120cm - 90mm AC Invader 24ft

"I’ve had so many memorable experiences and catches but I couldn’t go past my first ever metre Murray Cod. It was back in December of 2012, I was 18 years old and Jack Zyhalak and I decided to head to the dam to try our luck. Back then we visitors to the lake and didn’t fish it regularly enough to know it like we do today. Our plan of attack was to head out and troll the rocky banks with some big lures and hope that we could find a hungry fish.

Everything went wrong! First of all we forgot our frying pan to cook up our dinner we had packed. From there all our electronics in the boat died, so we had no sounder or navigation lights. Plus the lake was the choppiest I had ever seen it with a terrible wind howling down the dam. We found one rocky bank tucked out of the wind and decided this was our troll run for the entire night. On about the 5th run on the outside Jack was smacked by a big fish and it didn’t connect. To say he was gutted is an understatement.

We finished the troll run and turned around, this time I was on the outside and in the same spot, I loaded up! This was a really good fish, by far the biggest fish I had ever hooked. I stood up, balanced myself and got ready for the battle. This fish had weight and as soon as I starting gaining line it took off straight back to the bottom (to this day still the hardest fighting cod I’ve hooked). This happened two more times before we got to see the sheer size of this fish.

It was MASSIVE! Never had we seen anything like it and the adrenaline pumping through my body was insane. It finally surfaced and somehow we managed to fit its head inside the net which now felt like a pond scoop. We both cradled this fish and lifted it into the boat, quick photos and back into the water.

I remember laying on the deck of the boat for about 15 mins after the catch shaking from the adrenaline. We both couldn’t believe what had just happened. As a young boy you dream of such giants and when you meet one for the first time, it’s an incredible feeling!"

Q&A with Rhys

- What is your favourite style of fishing?

“This is a tough question to answer as there are so many different forms of freshwater fishing that I love. In saying that I do have one that stand out from the rest and it would have to be ‘fishing shallow and fast running rivers from an inflatable boat’. If you happen to follow us a bit you will see we fish from a Takacat Sport 300 which is custom built with casting decks which allow us to stand and fish. These boats go through the shallowest of water and are extremely stable and are one of the best casting platforms I’ve ever fished from."

"But fishing low running rivers, when the water is clear, casting for cod and goldens is so hard to go past. Casting spinnerbaits in against logs and watching the fish chase them out or eat the lure boat side is the best! 100% my favourite style of fishing!”

- What is it that you love about fishing?

“I think what I love the most, the thing that has me so addicted is the ‘unknown’ in fishing. We just never know what the day will hold, the anticipation and the feeling you get when you achieve your goal is priceless. Fishing is something that tests us as well and can push us to our limits, it’s never an easy game.”

“As I fish more as and more now I realise its more about the people and the good times spent with mates than it is actually about the fish. The friendships that are built around this common passion is something we all keep with us forever.”

- What is your #1 Tip you can share with others about freshwater fishing?

“One thing that I try to share with everyone, something that is so important to finding success not only in fishing but in life, is to… Never Stop Learning!”

“If you want to achieve something learn as much as you can about and you will succeed. Knowledge is so important especially when it comes to fishing. It’s not about having the most expensive boat, shiny reels and hundreds of lures… it’s about KNOWLEDGE. Ask as many questions as you can and because there is always someone out there who knows things that you don’t.”

- What is your favourite lure?

“Another hard one to answer but the winner in terms of consistency would have to be a ‘5/8oz Mud Guts Spinnerbait’. When it comes to fishing in a river these lures never fail, are so easy to use and catch so many fish. A close second to this is the ‘Ignite Cod Fury Soft Plastic’ as it is my go to dam lure when targeting monster Murray Cod.”