I am Jeff Brooks, the captain of Aspro. I started fishing when I was about 8 years old off the beaches on the north coast and around Botany Bay, with my father and grandfather. Later progressed to rock fishing for Drummer and Blackfish. When I reached my teens, I started spearfishing . When I was 15, I started competing in spearfishing competitions up and down the NSW coast – practically diving the whole NSW coast.
I started commercial Abalone diving in Tasmania in the early 1980′s, diving all over Tasmania for 10 years. I then purchased a NSW Abalone licence and dived with that licence for a further 10 years. Meanwhile, I became interested in game fishing after many close encounters with Marlin and Tuna whilst diving.
I started game fishing in run-abouts, mainly targeting Tuna. In 1994, I purchased a 43′ Mariner called ASPRO, which I chartered out of Botany Bay for 8 years. During this time, I caught many Marlin and Tuna, winning tournaments in NSW. In 2003 I purchased a 34′ Blackwatch and moved to Batemans Bay, the south coast of NSW, where I now run my charters and work as the captain of my boat. In 2007 I purchased my latest boat a 40′ Blackwatch, a very comfortable boat.