STAGE presenters


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In a boon for the event this year, we are extremely excited to announce USA’s Dave Marciano of ‘Wicked Tuna’

BIAV has joined forces with RACV Marine, Lone Star Marine Drum Winches & Accessories and Savage Seas Adventures to make this possible and all parties can’t wait to see Dave and the impact he will have on his fans and other visitors at the Show.

Dave will be presenting on stage during the show and a further very exciting announcement is pending, relating to an amazing opportunity for two show attendees that involves Dave and an adventure. Watch this space!!!! See some awesome videos from Dave and his team at Wicked Tuna here, here and here.

Captain Dave Marciano is a veteran of commercial fishing and his extensive years of experience in the field sets him apart from other fishers.




Growing up in a family with a great love for the outdoors sparked Robby'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, Robby is constantly in search of her next adventure!

Luckily in 2010 after completing a degree in Performing Arts she 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 Robby host the series in nearly every state of Australia as well as New Zealand, Indonesia and the UK! Always up for a challenge, whilst working on the show she has been fortunate enough tick off lots of the things on her bucket list. From skydiving & scuba-diving to visiting Hobbiton in NZ-she embraces every moment and knows she has the best job in the world!

In 2017 Robby began working for Channel 10's much loved 'What's Up Downunder' and continues to travel and co-host the host the show in 2018.

Robby loves life on the road, meeting fascinating people, working with the crew and discovering this wonderful world. She is thrilled to be working again as the MC at the 2019 RACV Marine 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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Paul has been fishing most of his life, starting young with the bread and butter fish he soon became interested in the sports and game fishing area's. Having targeted and caught most of the game and sports fish that he wanted to catch he had a want to learn more about fish and how they work. Spending most of his time with estuary and inshore species he soon found a fascination for squid. Taking the time to travel over sea's to where it all began to learn from the worlds best and attend schools that could teach him more about squid he soon found himself entangled in the egi world and loving every minute.

At present Paul is the only Pro Staffer for Gan Craft and GOSEN outside of Japan and also involved with Lowrance and various magazine publications. Filming with various media groups has been a great part of sharing what he has learned he gets great enjoyment seeing people educated in fishing without worrying about market pressure and dollars. Still travelling back and forth overseas on a frequent basis Paul is grateful that his learning has just begun with fishing and cant wait to share it all with any one who wants to hear it.


Lee Rayner: Game Fishing Fever & Fishing Edge

Topic: Lee Rayner Talking Game Fishing

Everyone knows Lee lives and breathes recreational fishing and has been presenting entertaining and down to earth television shows for decades.

After co-hosting Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures and iFish, Lee went on to host the highly regarded Adventure Bound for 13 years before creating his new series, Fishing Edge. Fishing Edge has been so well received by audiences across Australia that Lee Rayner’s Fishing Edge airs multiple times per week on Channel 10Bold and is available on demand through the app 10Play.

 Lee has presented numerous high selling DVD’s, authored a number of books and is a regular feature writer in the top fishing magazines in the country.  Lee is frequently requested to speak at events and loves sharing his passion and fishing knowledge, including being the Ambassador for the Victorian Kids Fishing Events in 2018. Lee is the owner of the successful tackle store, Game Fishing Fever, in Mordialloc (VIC). Over the past 10 years Game Fishing Fever has established a reputation as the place to go for quality fishing tackle and expert advice.



Paul Worsteling is arguably one of the most recognisable faces in recreational fishing in Australia with an unmistakable laugh, passion and enthusiasm for the sport. He was born in Dandenong, Victoria and lived in Melbourne’s South East Suburbs for most of his life.

Paul Worsteling is arguably Australia’s best known angler. He has been involved in the fishing industry for over 30 years and on Television for almost 20. His philosophy is simple; It’s all about fishing, fun, family, faces and places. Ifish and Paul Worsteling have become an overnight success 30 years in the making in the travel/fishing space. He is now a household name and people listen carefully when he talks fishing.

Paul’s television career started with guest appearances on Escape with ET (CH9) and Rex hunt Fishing Adventures (CH7). This led to a four year stint as Rex Hunt’s co-host, until the show ended and Paul started the popular IFISH program on the TEN network. IFISH is now regarded by many as Australia’s premier fishing program, receiving Logie Nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Paul is actively involved in the community and loves helping on Mates Day (taking disabled people who love fishing for a day on the bay) and Kids Come Try Fishing days where up to 500 young kids receive fishing tuition. Paul’s Tackleworld stores donate over $100,000 a year to community events, fundraisers and charities.

Every spare minute you will find the Worsteling family fishing together on Western Port or Port Phillip Bay.



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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Gawaine blake

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aaron habgood

GAWAINE BLAKE: salt guide

"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught"

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.

At the young age of 13 Gawaine’s parents along with himself and his brother and sister moved across the world to Rockingham (Rocky) in Western Australia. Gawaine continued his love of fishing in Australian waters and adapted very quickly. He still remembers on looker’s watching in amazement as he reeled in a 22.5-pound snapper off the Pier while no one else could turn a reel.

AARON HABGOOD: salt guide

"Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll go fishing"

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 percenters 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.

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Australian Fishing Network is the biggest fishing media company in Australia. We are continually striving to bring to the marketplace, the biggest and best range of quality fishing information and accessories. Whether you are an expert fisher, or just starting out, we have the information to make you better! We invite you to peruse our huge range of magazines, DVDs, books, guides and accessories.

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Rhys Creed is the Founder of Social Fishing. He has grown up with a love for freshwater fishing, especially lure fishing for natives. His favourite style of fishing is casting for Murray Cod in fast water rivers. He is passionate about bringing to you the best in freshwater fishing education!

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chelsea stevens blight winning photo

The Bass Strait Bash ! 2018 - Brendan whitty

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jason sleep


panel discussion and Q&A with Chelsea Stevens Blight, Brendan Whitty & Jason Sleep

Chelsea: Chelsea is the current IWWF Open Women’s World Water Ski Racing Champion crowned at the IWWF World Titles in Seattle, USA, in August 2017. Chelsea also had the honour of been the only Australian athlete selected as the Flag Barer for the Australian Team at the World Championships in 2017. Chelsea’s first world title podium was at age 15 when finishing in 3rd place in Junior Girls at the 2001 World Titles in USA. Throughout Chelsea’s 20-year water ski racing career, Chelsea has won 6 Australian Titles and named Victorian Female Skier of the Year 5 times. Chelsea holds the race record for the fastest females ever alongside her partner Maddi Boyer for all the Murray River Classics including the Southern 80, Robinvale 80, Ted Hurley Wentworth 100 Classic and Mildura 100. Outside of water skiing, Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Business Law studied through  La Trobe University. Chelsea completed her CPA whilst working as a Tax Accountant then moving into her current career of Funds Management working for Challenger within their Annuities Business.

Brendan: "I grew up water skiing and driving ski boats on the Murray River at Tocumwal. Now living at Geelong, I planned a kayak trip across Bass Strait with a small group of paddlers. The trip was called off due to bad weather. From our launch point, we noticed some jet skiers making their way up the coast. We decided that was a much better way to go and in April 2018, six of us crossed from Port Welshpool to Launceston and back.  In February this year I rode 600km from Geelong to Devonport via King Island, partly solo, and then toured various parts of Tasmania. I now have 400 hours jet ski time. I look forward to meeting you at the boat show to discuss off-shore riding, preparation and safety."

Jason: For Jason Sleep, it's a case of once a thrill-seeker, always a thrill seeker. A quad-bike accident put him in a wheelchair, but after some support from his loved ones and plenty of determination he's not slowing down for anything, or any sport. If it's fast or dangerous, chances are Jason Sleep has done it, and done it well. Waterskiing, snow skiing, dirt biking and skydiving are just some of the things he does for fun. He's broken Australian and World records, and won 'Sportsman of the Year' awards. He's also pretty handy at basketball and is currently training for javelin and shot-put, with dreams of Olympic gold. The one thing he can't do is walk. After a horrific quad-bike accident put him hospital for 13 weeks and left him as a paraplegic, he used his lack of fear to get back into to life, and back into the things he loves to do. "Winners are grinners, and I love to win. It's what you train for. It's what all your hard work is for."



Working for Navico as a Territory Manager selling Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Marine Electronics. covering all types of Marine craft from Kayaks, tinnies and recreational fishing boats, through to Commercial vessels, Superyachts.



We are the Marine Mammal Foundation. We are a not-for-profit research, education, and conservation organisation. We conduct internationally recognised applied scientific research on marine mammals and environments across Victoria, and apply our research learnings to educate and inspire communities, and advise management authorities to assist with marine environment management decisions.

 MMF began in 2013, after MMF’s Founding Director and Head of Research Dr Kate Charlton Robb discovered, named, and formally described a new species of dolphin in south-east Australian waters; the Burrunan dolphin. MMF is a registered ACNC charity, and DGR entity. Our work is reliant on funding from grants, philanthropy, or generous donations from the community. We are predominantly volunteer run.

Dr. Kate and Matt will be presenting at this year’s show to talk about their research, conservation and education.


cooking demonstration with Victorian seafood industry and savage seas adventures

Chef: Nick Mahlook: Executive Chef @ THE ATLANTIC

From humble coastal beginnings to working with some of the city’s most demanding kitchens, Nick Mahlook is built to captain The Atlantic ship

Raised in Lakes Entrance, on his family’s vineyard, from an early age Nick was surrounded by the freshest regional produce, developing his personal ethos of “only the best” His career in the kitchen began at the age of 16, in his sister’s restaurant Miriam’s, where his passion for food and creating was the driving force in expanding his culinary horizons. Age 18, Nick moved to Melbourne landing in the kitchen of the acclaimed Stokehouse restaurant where he would spend the next decade working with Melbourne’s leading chefs. In 2007, Nick was appointed Head Chef of Stokehouse Café with menus influenced by his travels through Europe and South America.

Nick was appointed Executive Chef at The Atlantic in October 2017, and has brought with him an honest and simple approach his kitchen. As Executive Chef, he will continue to celebrate the world’s best seafood, working with the freshest wild and sustainable fish, oysters and shellfish but will let his let his passion for nostalgic childhood dishes reinvent some of the classics.