Aussie Royalty , when it comes to things piscatorial must surely include in no particular order the following list of writers in Angler's Digest, Outdoors and Fishing and Australian Angler..
While the emphasis in this section is upon the Aussie contribution to fishing, (and for the enjoyment of fishermen overseas) it is wonderful to see how many of these noted writers made ABU fishing equipment central to their passion,be it, reels, rods or lures. You be the judge as to how prophetic they were in their observations!
For obvious reasons, these writers were early adopters of excellent technology, even if sourced with much much difficulty from the other side of the world.
If you look to the images as well as read the words, you will find an overwhelming amount of ABU equipment used within the following articles. One will note how popular the Killers, Hilos, Toby, Abufly, Krill etc were for taking a great variety of species, as well as the huge popularity of the ABU Speedlock (TM) grip rods and Ambassadeur baitasting reels.
Humorous articles will be found toward the bottom of the page.
Such luminaries are
Vic McCristal (more below)
and so many more...
Tribute to the ABU Killer
The passage of 3 decades production never allows the ABU Killer to be forgotten for its long term fish catching qualities, even if more modern authors from Modern Fishing 1984, do manage to get some things wrong like what it was made from. ABU Killers were always made of plastic in the 50's to mid 80's, NOT Balsa wood!
Many thanks to John Eales for the scans...
My neck of the woods, Shoalwater Bay CQ
Vic McCristal on Sportfishing
Vic on catching more fish
Vic's Baitcasters, home location and techniques follow..
Tropical Queensland's fabled Hinchenbrook Channel
Electric outboards 40+ years ago!
Chiz Holm's " Rods, Reels and Ramblings"
Note: Captions from images reversed !
Ron Calcutt's "Young Person's Guide to Fishing"
Peter Blake's Love of the Northern Territory!
Martin Bowerman's "The Making of a Fisherman"
If anyone has the interest in (perhaps you are travelling there) and the couple of months spare to read the material from this link, they will be very well rewarded. It is topical, conservation-minded and holds some truly wonderful articles that not only inform, but give one cause for concern for the fisheries of the world. Scope is also beyond Africa, as I have seen Australian and Chilean information.