Brett is a lifelong Game Fisherman. He caught his first Billfish in 1984 at the age of 12 and as an Angler has held National Records in Papua New Guinea and in Australia.
At the age of 15 he became the first Angler in Australia to tag 4 Blue Marlin in one day. In 1989 Brett commenced professional fishing on the Gold Coast working with well-known skippers such as Phil Roebuck, Ray Johnston and Peter Radke. He did his first Cairns season as deckhand in 1992 under the renowned Captain Peter Kirkby and later did seasons on the deck for Captain Geoff Ferguson and Captain Alan (Tiger) Geale.
In 1995 Brett became a qualified Captain and Marine Engineer and he holds a Master Class 5 (fishing & trading) and a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2. Brett then drove the custom sport fishing charter boat “Gold Strike”.
In 2000 Brett oversaw construction of “Mistress” before taking her on sea trials in New Zealand and then sailing her across the Tasman Sea to Australia.
Brett has also done some time captaining boats in international locations. He did a year in the Maldives captaining 3 sport fishing vessels, a tournament season in the Bahamas captaining the 58 foot Titan “Hey Jude” and several months captaining a 48 foot private sport fishing boat in Cabo San Lucas and California.
During off seasons Brett has expanded his experience by commercially fishing for Mackerel, Reef Fish, Crabs, Tuna and Broadbill Swordfish.
Jonathon Lawrence (Johnno) No 1 Deckhand 1st Mate:
Johnno is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He is full time professional crewman and fishes all over the United States as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas and various South American locations. Johnno has a wealth of experience, his rigging is always flawless and he handles Big Black Marlin on the leader with consummate ease. Most importantly he knows when to hand on and when to let go.
Johnno is also an excellent cook and a computer whiz. He is a great asset to the Mistress team with a positive easy going nature and a great ability to adapt to any situation due to his extensive fishing career.