Steve 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 "Rex Hunt's Fishing World", "The Great Outdoors" and "Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures" ( a co-host and now seen in more than 150 countries around the world!), on the Seven Network. Currently, he is co-host of " Hooked on Adventure" also on Seven Perth , co-host of "The Australian Fishing Show" on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel, and a regular presenter of the "Rock & Reel" radio fishing program on Sydney's 2SM.

Steve 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, qualifying as a high school English and History teacher. Following a brief stint teaching in the arid outback, he left the Education Department to take up a position as Assistant Editor of Fishing World magazine. After three months with this company, and just prior to his 22nd birthday, Steve became Editor. Four years later, in 1984, he left Fishing World to pursue a full-time freelance career.

Steve has cast a line in every state of Australia, as well more than a dozen other countries including; Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati, The Solomons, Thailand, Finland, Norway, Russia, Canada, Britain, the United States, Mexico and Japan.

In October, 1981, while competing in the Air Canada Tuna Cup on the icy Atlantic waters off Nova Scotia, Steve became the first Australian ever to land a giant 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 Australian 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 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 also joined the ranks of a small group of saltwater fly rodders who have successfully landed a black marlin on fly fishing tackle.



Steve and Bushy's Latest T.V. Show!


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 his depth of knowledge and widespread expertise in all forms of fishing, nor his extensive communication skills.



Titles by Steve Starling currently available from good book stores right around the country include:

"BLOKES & TACKLE": A philosophical and sometimes whimsical look at the art and passion of angling, as seen through the eyes of 35 deeply dedicated and highly successful fishermen, from the famous (including celebrities such as Garry McDonald, Andrew Ettingshausen and Rex Hunt), to the bloke next door. Published by Hodder Australia.

"THE FISHERMAN'S HANDBOOK": A revised and updated reprint of one of Steve's most popular titles, this little book belongs in every angler's library! It provides a ready key to the identification of more than 100 popular salt and fresh water species, as well as detailed information on their habits and how to catch them. Published by Sandstone Books.

"DISCOVER AUSTRALIA: FISHING": An incredibly detailed, 416-page, full-colour guide to the very finest fishing spots (salt and fresh) in Australia, complete with detailed maps and all the information you will need to plan a highly successful fishing trip, whether it be just down the road or right across the country! Published by Random House.


Steve and his "Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures" co-host, Kaj 'Bushy' Busch, have recently released a series of great audio guides (on tape cassette and CD) detailing some of the most popular angling destinations in Australia. Current audio guide titles include:

   Sydney Harbour
   Sydney's Northern Rocks & Beaches
   The Hawkesbury River
   Port Phillip Bay & The Yarra
   Adelaide & The Port River
   Perth & The Swan Estuary

These tapes, and several new titles soon to be released, are available from various regional outlets, and also direct from Interface Productions in Melbourne, phone (03) 9427-8711.

*Declaration of Interests & Ethical Standards: Steve Starling is paid (in money or kind) by some of the companies listed here to serve in a professional capacity as a field-tester, designer, consultant and public relations spokesperson. He carefully chooses the companies with which he becomes professionally involved, and will NOT endorse products or services which he doesn't use, regularly and successfully, in his day-to-day activities as a full-time journalist and television presenter. Steve reserves the right to terminate his relationship with any of these companies at any time should this cease to be the case.