Feature Week 19: Outdoor Adventures
In week 19 of the National Year of Reading we focus on two ambassadors who spend a great deal of their time outdoors: Rob Paxevanos from the ACT and Robert Pennicott from Tasmania.
Growing up in the country, close to many rivers and lakes, Rob Paxevanos learnt about fishing from a young age. He now lives in Canberra and fishes in the Snowy Mountains and along the South NSW Coast.
Rob is an experienced fishing guide, photographer and television presenter, hosting the popular Fishing Australia program.
He writes features for a number of Australian fishing magazines including ‘Fishing world’ and ‘Freshwater fishing’ and a long standing column for the Rural Press network of newspapers.
With a degree in Civil Engineering, Rob is working towards his Masters in Environmental Engineering. He promotes sustainable fishing techniques, explaining which fish should be kept for the table and which should be released. Rob is also a kayak fishing enthusiast.
To get a feel for Rob’s Fishing Australia program, take a look at the following clip recorded in 2011, showing Rob in the Torres Strait Islands hooking (and releasing) a shark from an inflatable kyak:
Rob’s favourite clip shows him catching a Marlin from a twin kayak:
Rob's thoughts on reading and the National Year of Reading
During the National Year of Reading I hope to encourage more people to become proficient readers by picking up something that really interests them.
Hopefully tradies who left school early, immigrants who have had hardships that have stopped them from reading, disadvantaged youth, people with ESL and more can be encouraged to read about the things they love rather than hear it on the radio or see it on a screen. Reading is good exercise for the brain, and you feel better for it.
I have long encouraged people to read and write through my regular fishing and adventure columns.
Take a look at one of Rob’s recent articles on the Fishnet website where he concludes “It is the National Year of Reading, and everyone from all walks of life no matter how good or bad you are at comprehending the written word is being encouraged to sit down and have some quality time with a book, or perhaps a fishing magazine…simply read and write about what you love and you will be drawn towards it and get better at it rather than running for cover”:
Rob's reading habits
- When do you read? I like to read for fun when things are not too busy; a Sunday morning (if I'm not fishing), holidays, and of course researching for upcoming adventures. I read a lot for work, but it is not the same; a good book is like a holiday.
- Which book is by your bedside right now? The book by my bedside right now is a kayak fishing magazine from the USA.
- What was the last book you bought from a bookshop? Last book I bought was “Ulysses found” by Ernle Bradford. Amazing book and easy to read too.
- Print books, ereader or both? I prefer printed books as I spend too much time looking at a computer screen already.
- At what point do you give up on a book? If I've had 3-4 attempts at getting into a book and can’t keep going it typically means it is not for me.
- Do you have a favourite book from your childhood?
Favourite childhood books are all the classics from Roald Dahl.
- Estimate the number of books you own. I own about 100 books, and about 300 fishing magazines.
- Where's the strangest place you have ever read? Strangest place I have read is 300 miles out to sea off Broome, it was a calm day and we were in transit.
Want to know more?
- For more information about Rob and his work, go to the Fishing Australia website:
- You can find more of Rob’s fishing articles on Fishnet:
- You can also connect with Rob on Facebook:
- Take a look at Robert Pennicott, our other featured ambassador during the 19th week of the National Year of Reading.
- If you want to see the other National Year of Reading ambassadors, go to our ambassadors page.
- Other featured ambassadors can be found on the ambassador feature week listing.