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12 August 2020
Horsham’s Gage Wright is turning his life-long love of fishing into a successful micro-business.
Mr Wright, 18, has been fishing in Wimmera lakes, rivers, creeks and streams since he was ‘knee-high to a redfin’.
After the avid fisherman found his passion was becoming too costly, he decided to start making his own spinner bait lures.
Word caught wind around Horsham district and demand for his home-made lures took off.
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“I was buying lures all the time and it was costing me heaps. I thought I should learn how to make them so I could save myself some money,” he said.
“People then started buying them, so I thought I might as well start selling them.”
His business, Spinwright, has gained interest from fishing stores in the Wimmera and across Victoria requesting to stock his gear.
Mr Wright said he was keen to expand on his business after he finished his final year of secondary school.
“I’ve had a few stores jump on board, including Webbcon Marine in town and a few stores around Victoria,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll expand a bit more next year, when I have more time up my sleeve.”
Mr Wright regularly shares his own and his customers’ fishing success stories to his Facebook and Instagram pages and has regular ‘giveaways’ of his gear.
With friends he also has videos on YouTube following fishing adventures in the region.
“I love fishing – I go fishing at least four times a week during summer, nearly every night. Sometimes even twice a day,” Mr Wright said.
“I just love the challenge of trying to figure out what fish are doing and how to catch them.
“It’s great. It’s time away from everything and being out with your mates.
“And you get to some pretty cool places chasing fish.”
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