This years host / MC - Roby Nethercote

Growing up in a family with a great love for the outdoors sparked Roby's biggest passion - Travel! Having spent most of her life exploring the far reaches of Australia as youngster with her family and overseas as an adult, Roby is constantly in search of her next adventure!

Luckily in 2010 Roby landed her dream job working as a lifestyle and travel presenter for popular fishing show 'River to Reef'. A blend of fishing, boating, cooking and adventure, the show saw Roby host the series in nearly every state of Australia as well as New Zealand, Indonesia and the UK!  In 2016 after two years abroad Roby returned to Melbourne eager to get back into presenting and explore more of Australia's incredible landscape. In 2017 Roby began working for Channel 10's much loved 'What's Up Down Under' and continues to travel and co-host the host the show in 2018.

Roby loves life on the road, meeting fascinating people, working with the crew and discovering this wonderful world. She is thrilled to be working as the MC at this years Melbourne International Boat Show and can't wait to introduce the people of Melbourne to the incredible line up of talented professionals on the main stage!

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Patrick Dangerfield, AFL Footballer

Not only is he a talented AFL footballer and 2016 Brownlow Medal winner, but he’s also an avid fisherman and boatie!  Making an appearance at the Melbourne Boat Show stage is AFL star, Patrick Dangerfield!

He’ll be sharing his love of the sea, fishing and boating with the audiences, a love that started in Moggs Creek where Patrick is from.  Hear his exciting adventures both on the field and on the water at the Melbourne Boat Show!

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Aaron Habgood & Gawaine Blake, The Salt Guides

Aaron Habgood and Gawaine Blake will take you step by step through everything you need to know to get the absolute most out of your fishing.

With many years of charter boat and commercial fishing experience, their expertise has been provided regularly to various fishing publications as well as some of the most popular fishing shows on television and now straight to you. 

With his larger than life personality, Aaron is now one of Australia’s best fishing talents. At the young age of 26 Aaron has achieved more in the fishing world than most keen anglers would accomplish in a lifetime and now Aaron is ready to share all his amazing knowledge and talent to members at the Salt Guide.   Aaron lives and breathes Port Phillip Bay and has been fishing as long as he can remember. What seems to be sheer natural talent is actually a myriad of one per-centers learned over a lifetime of fishing and carried out instinctively to find any fish he is targeting and turn the day into a feeding frenzy.

Gawaine Blake has a reputation as one of Australia’s toughest and most experienced fisherman.

Born in the seaside resort of Woolacombe on the coast of North Devon, England, Gawaine’s earliest memories are of a rod in his hand fishing alongside his Dad and Uncle in and around Woolacombe. Little did he know back then that he would become one of Australia’s best anglers and commercial fisherman


Lee Rayner, Fishing Fever & Adventure Bound

Lee Rayner is no newcomer to the small screen having presented on Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures for 4 years and co-hosting IFish for 2 years on Channel 7 and Ch 10 respectively. Lee has also presented numerous high selling DVD’s including Tuna Tactics and Fishing for Whiting, authored a number of books and is a regular feature writer in some of the top fishing magazines in the country.

Lee is a host of the regular radio show “The Fishing Show” which airs on 3SER every Friday morning from 7-9am. Lee also co-hosts Off The Hook with Rex Hunt which airs through SEN and the Ace Radio network from Victoria right up to the north of QLD every Saturday morning. Lee attends many events as the feature speaker including an annual gig at The Melbourne BIA Boat Show and is a guest speaker for clubs and groups on a regular basis.

On top of this Lee is owner of successful tackle store, Fishing Fever, located in Mordialloc Victoria. Now in its tenth year of business Fishing Fever has established a reputation as the place to go for quality fishing tackle and expert advice.

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Philip Weigall

Philip Weigall has fished since he was too young to tell the difference between a live fish and a dead one – literally! He fell in love with flyfishing soon after and it has been the cornerstone of his life ever since. Philip began working part-time as a flyfishing guide and writer nearly 30 years ago, and flyfishing has been his full-time occupation (for want of a better word) since 1997. Philip is the editor, columnist and feature writer for FlyStream magazine, he's a Flyfishing instructor and guide at Millbrook Lakes private fishery and the author of nine books - including Fishing Sense and Flyfishing North-east Victoria.

Philip has contributed to or edited numerous other books. He has also written and presented the DVDs ‘Your Guide to Freshwater Flyfishing’ and ‘Fly on the Water’. He’s appeared several times on TV shows such as Rex Hunt’s Fishing World and The Great Outdoors. Over the last 20 years, Philip has been regularly appointed to many government boards and committees to advise on recreational fishing matters. While Philip often fishes interstate and overseas, he spends most of his time in rural Victoria near Ballarat, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Paul 'Kuma' Carter, Squid King

Paul Cater has been presenting his talk on squid for many years and always draws a massive crowd. Because he practices exactly what he preaches. 

Paul is a big guy with a big personality and loves nothing more that time on the water catching fish, squid, shark or whatever he is targeting. With a growing media profile, Paul looks set to launch some new things in 2015 so watch this space. A keen supported of the Life's Better with a Boat initiative, Paul is only too keen to impart some of his wisdom on the newbies and the experienced alike.

If you like fishing, you have to catch Paul on stage at the 2018 Melbourne Boat Show.

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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 FishingBluewater 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.