After my first interview with Markos I had received many positive comments and therefore here I am with my second interview. This time I picked my friend Giuseppe, a great angler and friend who lives in Italy and catches amazing fishes all year around.
|Bluefish are the best. If from the Ocean even better!|
Hello Giuseppe, Can you please briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Giuseppe, I am 31 years old and live in Ventimiglia, a small city in North-West Italy. Whenever I have time I go to cast a lure in saltwater.
When did you start fishing?
Hmm, I was like 10 years old and it was my birthday. I remember I was in a sporting goods shop and my parents asked me what I wished as a birthday gift. My response was immediate. I wanted a fishing rod. I still remember it, a 280cm Mitchel rod with big white ceramic guides. It was a pretty awful rod but for me it was the best looking rod in the world.
What type of fishing do you prefer?
I am saltwater lure angler.
Favorite places to cast a lure?
Everywhere with water and some fishes ready to hit my lure. My preference is rocky shoreline.
What is your favorite fish to catch with lures? What is your best catch ever? What is your most unusual fish you ever caught?
Nice question. I really like to catch bluefish (Pomatomus Saltatrix) especially the big ones that swim in the Ocean. They are really strong, much stronger than the Mediterranean bluefish. Probably because they are used to swim in stronger currents. They are really on steroids!
My best catch? I cannot forget my first shore landed Dentex. It was a great fish caught in some very serious and dangerous conditions. A very high rocky shore with big waves crushing.
Once I had a seagull that got stuck into the braided line. Once I hooked a bat and another time a big furry animal which I couldn't identify. As for fish I still remember a Balistoid Fish (Balestra) I caught in the Azores.
Do you go fishing in other countries? I recall some photos of you in Canary Islands.
Yes, I love traveling around with my fishing rod. You see new places and confront yourself with new fish species. It is exciting and also gives you experience both technical and psychological.
What kind of tackle do you use during your fishing trips? Rod and reel preferences?
Usually I go fishing with two different rods. One 7 -7.4 ft and another longer 8-8.3 ft. Casting range between 20-80gr. As for reel I use 4000-5000 sizes spooled with 20-35lb according to the target and fishing spot.
If you had to choose only three lures to put in your lure box, which ones would you pick?
Only three!! Difficult Decision!. I would get a DUO Tide Slim 175 as a long jerk. A nice 50-60gr. metal jig with a "dead leaf" fall. Last, a lipless lure that you know very well (DUO Press Bait Saira)
I know you have a close cooperation with DUO Japan and that you are part of the DUO International PRO STAFF. How did it happen?
Yes, I am part of the DUO International Pro Staff with other great anglers around the world. We are anglers who test the latest DUO lures in different waters and give precious feedback.
I am really honored for being part of a group that includes many high skilled anglers.
|Barracudas are Giuseppe's specialty!|
Where do you see lure fishing in 10 years?
Lure fishing is an important reality that keeps growing. The days where only a small selection of lures (like the Rapala) were available in local store are long gone. The selection is bigger now but the fishes are getting smarter and more difficult to catch. New models and methods are introduced every year in order to fool the fishes. I think we are getting more creative in designing lures.
The future? I don't see it very bright. The pressure on the fish is high and everybody should catch fishes in a sustainable way, not only the recreational angler. Also the institution should ban those type of commercial fishing methods that are very destructive on the fish stock and environment.
|Bonito for Giuseppe|
What do you think of Soft baits?
Soft Bait? Is that some kind of food!! Just kidding. I think they have great potential and fishes love them. The secret is to use them often and be able to animate them. I doesn't match my fishing style a lot so I seldom use them but sometimes they really make the difference in catching the fish.
What do you think of catch and release?
C&R is the best way to make our hobby sustainable. I think common sense and a limit on the catches are essential. You can catch and keep the fish in order to eat it and I think this is the fight of every angler but it important to do it following all the rules and regulations. There is no reason in over catching .
Thank you for your time Giuseppe! I hope we will meet and go fishing together somewhere around the world!