turns 5

Hi Crew,

Well, what can I say except Happy Birthday Fishwrecked.  Today marks the day where we entered into the online fishing arena, well, it was actually a few days ago, but today was the day we added the statistics program to count the visitors.  It currently stands at : 12,569,564 which I reckon is a pretty exceptional effort considering we are a stand alone site with no paper magazine or advertising to prop us up.


A little story about how the site began.  Back in 2005 I was writing a lot of online reports for the hotbite website and getting a lot of reads and heaps of positive comments about our metro outings.  We went to Exmouth early July and afterwards I decided to go the next step and start writing articles.  I'd struck a deal with the then manager of hotbite and published my article only to be told a few days later that they were going to give me some t-shirts instead of the agreed upon standard article price.  Feeling a little betrayed I spoke to my mate Sam who had just finished his Uni degree in computer science and we put 2 and 2 together that we could make our own site and forums.  After developing all the backend of the site, the only thing that was left to do was to come up with a name.  After a few beers with the boys we came up with 'The deep spot', 'InDeep', etc but none of them really seemed any good for what we wanted to do.  Eventually Gribbo came up with the name fishwrecked and after a few more beers it stuck and all that was left to do was design the logo, it just happens that I'd caught a 9ft sand tiger on the recent Exmouth trip and the face became the logo.


The site then began to grow legs as more and more people heard there was a new site out with some pretty cool video and plenty of local reports of what was going on over the state  As times went on groups of people realised that this was the place to get the news and see some of the best of what the West and sometimes Australia had to offer.  The site really hit its straps when the CEO of Penn dropped in from the states and we developed our French connection of JeJe and Fredo, not to mention many others in the states and NZ.


Along the way there were plenty of good times, NoR vs SoR comps, bream comps, party nights/get togethers, Exmouth comps, photo comps, prize giveaways and plenty of fishing trips where people found mates they never would have met other wise.


There were also not so good times along the way, with threats of legal action for things I had nothing to do with, just running a website has its fair amount of complications.  The biggest I can remember is the floating sambo debacle and anyone with a leisure cat having a target on their back with plenty of defamation threats.  The list of these types of things could go on, but let's focus on the positive rather than the negative.


I will put some more memories down later this afternoon as I have to go back to work in a minute.  I have met some awesome people through this site, more than I ever thought that I would have and have had some unreal fishing experiences as a result.  There's heaps of people I'd like to thank in getting the site to where it is, more than I could fit on this page, but just a few are the moderating team; Andy Mac, TimC, Colin Hay, my mates and the long term supporters, just look at the sign up dates in the comments, I know who you are and really appreciate your support!  If you have a good FW story of meeting people or fishing trips etc, then please post them up. ;)





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Happy Birthday =)

Thu, 2010-08-05 13:15

Happy Birthday =)


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  Awesome.   I remember

Thu, 2010-08-05 13:16




I remember checking in here in the early days and there always seemed to be a load of Hedland reports so I figured it was just a northern WA forum. I came in from time to time but mainly just looked at the reports and the good pics that I reckon the site has always been known for. These were the days that the FWA forums were cranking along so I didn't have enough interest to be involved in two forums so never joined.


Eventually signed up three years ago and have gradually become more and more involved, now there's nothing better. The mad reports from Brad and Jay, Adam, the kiwi who always seems to be fishing the Three Kings (sorry bro, can't remember your name), Kasey and all the other top shelf fishing experiences most of us can only manage once a year if we're luck give us all something to look forward to when we're on holidays. Then there's the mix of regular local reports that cover everything from Busso to Gero which give you a good kick up the backside to get out and wet a line (as if most of us need it though).


It's funny how all forums seem to go through the cycle of boom and bust. FWA was cranking for a while and now it's a ghost-town. Wangler also used to hum but now that seems to be pretty quiet too. Here's hoping FW is here for good. Great forum, great bunch of anglers, generally balanced and respectful opinions as long as the classic topics don't come up (sambo catch and release, fishing in Cockburn Sound during spawning season etc), friendly mods... pretty much got it all.


Well done on the milestone lads.


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A significant milestone Adam

Thu, 2010-08-05 13:18

And a real credit to you and your dedication to fishing and the site.


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congratulations adam

Thu, 2010-08-05 13:20

ive learnt so much from everyone here i was just about ready to give up but then i saw this site and remembered wat i loved about fishing


also i took all your guys advice and thats what lead me to catching my first fish on lure

again thanks form a happy young angler


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Congrats Adam and

Thu, 2010-08-05 13:50

Congrats Adam and team...keep up the great workCool

Cheers Pete

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Hear, hear

Thu, 2010-08-05 14:12

Same from me, congrats Adam and the team, well done and may there be many more birthdays to come in the future.

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Happy Birthday Fishwrecked

Thu, 2010-08-05 14:18

Happy Birthday Fishwrecked and cheers to a great site!

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Well done and congratulations

Thu, 2010-08-05 14:30

Here's to another five quality years - in the twelve months or so since I first started visiting this site I have been able to gleam so much valuable information and see this place as a real commodity in the fishing community.

I love the name. "Fishwrecked" perfectly describes how I feel about the sport and I'm sure many others will understand that sentiment!

Thank you to Adam and the many quality posters on this site that make me hit the refresh button, oh, every 30 seconds or so.

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Happy Birthday Fishwrecked

Thu, 2010-08-05 14:45

Its certainly come a long way in that short 5 years. You would have to be very proud of the way you have handled this site and its development / growth. We have had more than our fair share of hurdles to overcome but the site keeps getting bigger and better every year.


Loads of great memories and heaps of new friends generated from something as simple as a fishing forum. I'm glad to have been a part of it for most of that 5 years and take my hat off to Adam and the mature way he has handled some very difficult situations over that time.


We could write a book about some of the things that have gone on in that 5 years.Wink



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Happy Birthday FW

Thu, 2010-08-05 15:28

Thanks for creating and maintaining such a great place. I call it a place because it is. This site is made up of real people and I have met and fished with a number of them and I will continue to do for for many years I hope.

Congratulations Adam! Thanks Andy and Colin etc. You do a fantastic job.


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adam all the guys before me

Thu, 2010-08-05 15:36

adam all the guys before me have said it....well done....happy b'day....and keep on keeping on...


The Kimberley....perfect one day and more perfect the next!!!

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Nice one bro, glad you

Thu, 2010-08-05 16:00

Nice one bro, glad you started this thing. With all the stuff that we have been through in the last 5 years imagine what the next 5 will look like. God help us all................. :)

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great stuff

Thu, 2010-08-05 17:04

gives us old folk the chance to keep up with all things fishing


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Thanks alot Adam

Thu, 2010-08-05 17:20

for a fantastic website,where we can learn so much from eachother. cheers Pete

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Happy 5th Birthday FW

Thu, 2010-08-05 17:52

Thanks Adam and all the contributors - love the site!


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Happy Birdthday FW. I've met

Thu, 2010-08-05 18:12

Happy Birdthday FW. I've met some good blokes from this site & look forward to meeting more in the future. Good fishing.

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Congrats guys

Thu, 2010-08-05 18:26

Thanks for a great site, as others have said, been great resource and I have met a couple of crew also. Great times!

Heres to the next 5

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Happy B'day

Thu, 2010-08-05 18:32

Congratulations on the ongoing success of the site, and judging by the popularity I'm sure there will be many more!
Well done.

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Thu, 2010-08-05 18:43

Have met some top blokes through the years and looking forward to meeting more.


Most memorable fishing moments would have to be finding mount Dhu with Tapout and us landing a 20 and 17kg dhu plus a couple of mid size fish.


Andy Mac making me throw back a nice baldie as the rule on his boat was first fish had to go back. (he takes everyone else to the sand whiting patch first thou!)


Fishing with Salmo and the three mile pinks, oh and the Mandurah crabs (now that was some severe sunburn) ;)


Heading out with Gully be it Perth or Exmouth, I still remember showing him who the squid master was on that howling easterly.  Oh and the Klench and his arsey show off day, sheeesh!  Plus many many awesome Exxy glass days of billfish, bottomies and sharkies.


Pilbarabrad and the K-town creeks, the crazy kiddies tunes he loves to sing when your in the lull of a creek and its 40+++ with no wind, 100% humidity and 4 gazillion flies.  Atleast the beer was cold and the fish were there (metrey this year mate, not long now)


Lots of early Exmouth trips with Steve (bouttime and KC) and Matttld25 with tinny marlin and lots of trips behind peak to slay the reds.


Bibs and heaps of trips behind the rons to crack the big trout.  Lucky Tim and his millions of marlin.


Sooooo many more as well.  This years Exxy comp was awesome even though the weather was shit, so many good people in one place with such little time to catch up with them all.  I'm definitely taking some time off next year!!



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happy birthday FW

Thu, 2010-08-05 18:50

happy birthday FW

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Happy Bday Fishwrecked

Thu, 2010-08-05 19:28

Agree Adam Mount Dhu was one of my most memorable fishing trips I have ever had and also a Snapper mission we did was up there aswell. The site has come a long way in a short time and is only getting bigger and better. I think when I joined there were only about 20 people. Good luck with everything in the future mate.

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Thu, 2010-08-05 19:34

This would have to be a favourite trip of mine...


The infamous double flex.Wink



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Thu, 2010-08-05 19:55

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FISHWRECKED. You have been the reason why my internet bill is thru the roof every month, and i wouldnt have it any other way.

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Drop Zone

Thu, 2010-08-05 20:22

HaHa Hey Andy that was definately one of the most enjoyable and memorable trips of mine. Im glad I could put a smile on your face mate. It was also the day we released the amazing double flex on the world. It never really took off on the market. But I still put it down to it being way before its time. The world just wasnt ready for such an amazing product.

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Happy Birthday Fishwrecked -

Thu, 2010-08-05 20:45

Happy Birthday Fishwrecked - Great job Adam and all the folks in the background, who put in many hours to bring us the best fishing site in Australia.

Have met many fantastic folk here and I am looking forward to meeting many more!



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hahaha quality, funny thing

Thu, 2010-08-05 21:46


quality, funny thing is you knew all the words by the end of the second trip bro

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Happy Fishwrecked Birthday

Thu, 2010-08-05 21:48

Well done Adam and the team.   You're doing a brilliant job.

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Congratulations FW

Thu, 2010-08-05 21:56

What I like about the site is the great people and everyone willing to help, give advise and support each other. Good job in holding this all together. Its not always easy to please so many people but you got it right, Great job Adam.


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congrats on the 5 years. it

Thu, 2010-08-05 22:58

congrats on the 5 years. it takes all the members to keep it going but it wouldnt be here if not for Adam, well done. ......... probably the best experience on here would have to be when a few were talking about a fishwrecked comp in exxy so we started it all off and running. when it finally came time for the event it was great to catch up with so many of the members all sharing the same desire, to catch the big fish. ....... i have met quite a few members over the time and hope to catch up with more in the future


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And fed a few of us too Russ and Sandy

Thu, 2010-08-05 23:02

It is meeting people like you guys and all the other great people that have been kind enough to take me out fishing with them that has made my FW time such a mermorable one.


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it was a pleasure to have

Thu, 2010-08-05 23:16

it was a pleasure to have you out on our boat. hope to get you out there again soon (just got to get the boat back first). hopefully there might be room for your partner in crime too .


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Happy Birthday

Fri, 2010-08-06 00:37

Happy Birthday Fishwrecked....good work Adam and team. This is one of the most usefull fishing websites I have been on, and what makes it even more specialy is the amount of great members who willingly give advice and tips.

Everytime my dad asks me something about fishing, and im not sure about it, i *fishwrecked it* instead of *google it*. This website is like a fishing encyclopedia!!

I look forward to making new friends and meeting new people.

Well done guys :)


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Big congrats Adam and crew,

Fri, 2010-08-06 01:08

Big congrats Adam and crew, website years are like dog years these days and 5 years of genuine success says a lot about everyone involved and the site community. I've seen plenty of fishing sites come and go over the years but Fishwrecked is there for the long haul I reckon. When I moved to WA in mid 2007 I knew 1 person, and even though I can't for the life of me remember how I first found Fishwrecked I've now got a long list of buddies I never would have had if it wasn't for this site. Even though Hayley complains about "Homewrecked" she has signed up and secretly has a squizz every now and then, and that's saying something about your success.
Can't wait for next year and really hitting things up with you again pal.

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Well done Adam thanks for

Fri, 2010-08-06 09:42

Well done Adam thanks for all your effort and producing such a great site. It's an enjoyable part of my morning routine to sit down and browse the site with my morning coffee. Again mate well done and look forward to another 5 years of Fishwrecked

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Congrats to all

Fri, 2010-08-06 12:05

for making this the best site in Aus , Ads your a legend , cheers mate.


Just one more cast , honest !!!  

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Congrats Fw

Fri, 2010-08-06 17:04

Thank ads and To all involved.Fishwrecked has enabled me to meet a lot of great blokes who share the same addiction(affliction) as myself.Looking forward to the next comp and putting some faces to all the other names out there.

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Congrats to Adam and the

Fri, 2010-08-06 17:45

Congrats to Adam and the rest of the Fishwrecked Community.  I wouldn't know what to do with my time if this site didn't exist.  We never get out fishing as much as we would like to, and so  this site and the talk and banter that goes on keeps me going.  I would love to meet some more of you and even get up to the Exxy contest, sounds like a lot of fun.


Keep up the good work all, lets like it fresh, welcome all new comers, keep the advice flowing.  I have learnt lots.



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Congrats Fishwrecked on

Fri, 2010-08-06 17:48

Congrats Fishwrecked on Turning 5, hope to learn and add more knowledge over the years, thanks


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Congrats, very helpful site

Fri, 2010-08-06 18:13

Congrats, very helpful site everyone on here is so willing to give advice.

well done adam

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If you measured

Fri, 2010-08-06 18:32

If you measured's success by the amount of wives/girlfriends that have felt jealous of the attention their husbands/boyfriends are giving to "That fishing forum" then I think it's clear... Great job Adam and support crew! Thanks for giving us all an awesome place to learn and meet great people!




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yea, congrats adam, awsome

Fri, 2010-08-06 18:38

yea, congrats adam, awsome site m8........

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great site, thats taught me

Sat, 2010-08-07 16:31

great site, thats taught me a heap ...well done ads and crew and all that comment positivly in the forums and pics

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Nice work fishwrecked crew!

Mon, 2010-08-09 17:48

Nice work fishwrecked crew! May the next 5 years be just as action packed.


gone with the wind.

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Congrats Fishwrecked

Mon, 2010-08-09 22:10

and well done to Adam and all the others that have contributed.



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Tue, 2010-08-10 18:14

congrats fishwrecked,top job ads keep up the good work.we might have to try and upgrade that trout next year eh 

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sounds good mate

Tue, 2010-08-10 19:38

Sounds good mate, hopefully I'll have a bit more time to join you next year mate.  Don't forget to hit me up for those fad co-ords too.


As for the FW comp, I will hold the poll next month as the tabling is broken and I need Sambo the tech man to fix it and he's currently in England.  :(


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Nice one ads... keep up the

Mon, 2010-08-16 21:42

Nice one ads... keep up the good work

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A big thanks and

Wed, 2010-08-18 11:27

keep it coming guys, love this site.


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