Hooked Podcast Ep 6: Al McGlashan
Al McGlashan is passionate about all things fishing and built his business purely on his love of the outdoors. As Al puts it, ‘If you love what you do you will never have to work a day in your life!’
A father of two, Al spends about 180 days a year on the water, most of which is done on his own trailer boat like 5 million other Aussie anglers. Despite no formal training in photojournalism (in fact his English teacher still doesn’t believe he writes for a living!), Al has built his media company revolving around his passion. After humble beginnings McGlashan Media is now the largest fishing content provider in the country. Al contributes to dozens of magazines and newspapers such as Modern Fishing, Bluewater Mag as well as the largest fishing column in the country’s biggest paper Sydney’s Daily Telegraph! His articles get translated into several languages and his images regularly grace the covers of international publications like Marlin Magazine (USA), New Zealand Fishing World, Voyager De Peche (France) and the IGFA Journal.
Al’s photography truly encapsulates his passion for fish, especially his underwater shots which have brought fishing photography to a new level. Al has authored several books including The Complete Fishing Bible, a 450 page best seller, which is now in its fourth edition.
Al’s love of fishing ultimately led him into TV. First, he produced the groundbreaking Strikezone DVD series, which led to the infamous StrikezoneTV. He has also had guest appearances in all major fishing shows, as well as producing documentaries like Gamefishing Australia and Destination Fishing – Samoa. From there it was straight into three seasons of Big Fish Small Boats for Network Ten and now he is producing Fish’n with Mates for Channel Nine which is the number one rating fishing show in Australia as well as airing in NZ and the USA.
Al’s fishing exploits are famous and he has received worldwide coverage from filming white sharks in NSW, catching a monster bull shark in Sydney Harbour and swimming with the biggest fish in the sea. He landed one of the biggest tuna ever caught after an epic 7 hour battle that was a leading story for the nightly news. However, his crowning achievement was to be the first to ever film a massive Mako attacking a marlin underwater right in the danger zone. Then there was the giant squid, which cracked 7 million views on YouTube in three days.
It has been a long hard slog to build up a reputation in the fishing and boating industry, but Al would have it no other way, especially when he gets to do what he loves most – fish and then tell everyone about it!
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