Sunday Times Column
Pilbara youngster Max Grasso has already claimed more fishing records than probably all of the readers
- Published: Monday, 27 March 2017 11:01
He's only just turned seven and Pilbara youngster Max Grasso has already claimed more fishing records than probably all of the readers of this column combined.
The son of former Bluewater Tackle staffer and Dockers tragic Mick Grasso (no relation to the Sandover Medal winner!), young Max is unbelievably obsessed with fishing.
Mick reckons Max first starting heading out on the boat with his folks on fishing trips when he was just four weeks old.
“He would quite happily lay on his bean bag and looked to be taking in everything that was going on around him,” Mick recalled.
“Once he became mobile he crawled past every toy in his room and picked up a small fishing rod we had brought when we first found out Chantelle was pregnant.
“This was more of a joke than anything and we thought it would be years before it saw the light of day.”
However, to their surprise it instantly became his favourite toy and went everywhere with him, much like some kids have a precious teddy bear or blanket.
There was never any Wiggles or Play School in the Grasso house either – it was all fishing shows!
Max loved to catch anything and spent hours honing his casting out the front of their Karratha house, targeting sticks and leaves on the lawn with hook-less lures.
When it came to actual fishing he quickly progressed from catching garfish and bream to helping land anything the older fishos on the boat hooked, to them helping him land anything he hooked.
When Max was five his parents decided he had the strength to land a decent fish completely unassisted, as per sport and game fishing rules, so they entered him in his first competition in Karratha.
It was a one-day mackerel competition and he managed to capture a broad-barred mackerel and take out the sub junior division.
Little did they know what they had started!
In a little over a year since catching that mackerel Max has notched 17 Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA) state and national record claims, three Game Fishing Association Australia (GFAA) state and national record claims, an International Game Fishing Association world record claim, completed his ANSA sport fishing master and won the GFAA state sub junior capture award.
Not content with simply chasing gamefish on light tackle he now has his sights set on targeting some fly rod records.
However, Mick reports Max is still just as happy fishing for whiting at “Pop’s Beach” in Golden Bay or bream from the boat ramp while he retrieves the boat.
Never one to miss a fishing opportunity, he’s even been working poppers down their street during recent cyclonic rain downpours.
It is fair to say young Max is a mad fisherman!
Caption: Grasso a,b. Seven-year-old Max Grasso with a mack tuna, and showing off his many awards.