Frank's the more seasoned bloke in the team!
- an experienced and entrepreneurial businessman who used to head up
a multi-franchise (Holden, Nissan, Daewoo) motor dealership @ Inverell,
NSW. He now manages the Predatek production team @ Port Macquarie and
thinks about strategic product development. Mixes a mean colour scheme
and tinkers with the ultrasonic welder and pad printers.
Conservative by nature, he's a good balance for his cousin on the right.
Loves mucking around in boats.
Doesn't do enough fishing these days, but that goes with the territory
of being a lure maker as opposed to a lure buyer! Has been known to
leave a rod unattended while trolling a Viper and have it pulled out
of the boat by a Spanish mackerel. Amazing thing is that he later found
the lure floating in the sea and was able to retrieve his rod and reel,
still attached! The fish got away...of course.
Married to Sue with a family of three; David, Lisa, and Sarah. Sue also
works at Predatek, managing the assembly and packaging operations.
Favourite fish? Murray cod, bass, barramundi, mangrove jack. Will not
eat fish - therefore a good catch-and-release man!
(now retired from the company)
Kevin, "Clarky", is affectionately known as
the bearded bloke. A natural fisherman. Vic McCristal (the doyen
of Australian outdoor writers) once described Kev as having an almost
aboriginal sense for fishing. He has a keen eye and is a streamcraft exponent.
If there is a fish anywhere in the vicinity, Kev can usually locate
and catch it.
His practical knowledge helped land him a job as a technical assistant
at the Grafton Fisheries research Centre. He had a long and successful
association with NSW Fisheries efforts to develop artificial breeding
techniques for the endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod.
An acclaimed bass fisherman, he knows the northern rivers district of
NSW - the best riverine territory for bass in Australia - better than
Kevin always has the best interests of fish and fisheries at heart and
is a committed catch-and-release angler. He was catching and releasing
fish with a kiss long before Rex Hunt started doing it on TV!
He's something of an angling activist and has a history of jumping up
and down to get the attention of those who have the power to make positive
changes to fisheries laws.
These days Kev is retired in the Kyogle area and maintains an active
interest in the craft of lure fishing.
Rob's the younger bloke in the team - but not as young as in
this photo! Loves freshwater fishing, has a degree in Zoology, 23 years
experience in IT and marketing, and oversees the technical and graphic
design team @ Predatek. A prolific burner of midnight oil.
Used to be a freelance fishing writer/photographer in the 80's before
the team got serious about lure making. Loves thinking about possibilities,
experimenting, and challenging conventional thinking. Likes to tinker
with things that ain't broke, in case they can be improved.
Like Frank, doesn't do enough fishing these days but promises to fix
that. Loves any fish that will try to steal a lure, but has a soft spot
for Murray cod and anything pelagic. Thinks mangrove jacks are just
about the coolest looking fish around - but hasn't yet landed a Papuan
Tends to be a careless at times and either hooks himself or his offspring
if they get too close in the boat. Give him a wide berth if you see
him on the water! Absent minded and prone to daydreaming.
Married to computer-widow Ruby, and has three young boys, Dylan, Matthew
and Benjamin, who love fishing too (They have no choice!).
Excerpt from an article by Dr Brian Pratt, talking
about the history of lure fishing in Australia:
"There are lots of other reminiscences. One that was particularly
significant was on a trip to northern NSW to fish Copeton and other
reservoirs and rivers and bumping into a remarkably knowledgeable, quiet
young man who hand-carved his own lures and caught lots of fish on them.
His name was Rob Smith and yes, he, with Kevin Clark and Frank Gaukroger
later put the famous Boomerang lures on the market. These fellows and
others are the new wave of anglers and lure makers in Australia. They
have changed the face of lure production and use by shifting this country
from a dependence on imported lures to widespread use of Australian
patterns. Australian-designed and Australian-made. Made to suit our
fish and our fishing conditions. Apart from making good fishing sense
it does a heck of a lot for our balance of trade. More power to your
inventive and manufacturing skills chaps and ladies. Keep them rolling
out and I'll keep using them."
Dr Brian Pratt - Tackle Retailer & Fishing
"How it was"
Freshwater Fishing Australia - 50th Issue - May 2000