Over the last couple of years I have been involved in a program called ‘JIME’ (Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadet Program) It’s an NPO collaboration between Cricketer Matt Hayden and Macquarie banks Guy Reynolds and is designed to help young indigenous kids into the workforce in occupations like Guided fishing and other outdoor tour guiding services. I have hosted some of the cadets on my boat here on Sydney harbour to broaden their fishing experiences outside of their own region.
Anthony Guy was JIME’s first graduate 2018 and was recently promoted to senior fishing guide at Melville Island lodge and now captains his own boat. There have been 5 graduates in total with a 100% employment uptake. Anthony Guy was selected as this year’s Shimano Scholarship winner, part of which included some training abroad. The trip included the iCast trade show in Florida as well as some tarpon fishing. They then travelled to British Columbia to fish with Fred’s Helmer’s Custom Tackle and guide Brody Mansell. After one hour on Fraser river, one and half hours south east of Vancouver, Anthony landed this 250 lb, 7-foot sturgeon. Here is a few pics from his trip that he has just returned from .The program has been a massive success. It currently operates in communities on Melville Island and Cairns and is soon to expand into Haggerstone island, Cooktown, the Murray Darling region and Exmouth
The program is not for profit and relies on the generosity of donors. Check out the web site. https://jimecadets.com.au/