Brendan is a country boy at heart who grew up West of Mackay, splitting a majority of his youth between two country towns called Nebo and Glenden. Whilst growing up on a small cattle station and embracing the rural way of life, Agricultural College was the natural progression after high school where he excelled and graduated with a certification in Beef Cattle Production. After graduating Agricultural College the rodeo bug bit hard and Brendan spent the next six years travelling rural Queensland competing at countless rodeos.
Once Brendan settled on the coast his love of rodeo was replaced with a love for all things fishing and boating. The horses and bulls he had spent his youth with were now substituted with barra and boats! Brendan still finds solace in the country though and regularly finds himself mustering cattle on any one of his friends and families CQ properties. These days Brendan works in the mines and enjoys an even time roster that allows for plenty of time on the water chasing and learning more about the big barramundi that call CQ Coast home.
Brendan is also the proud father of a daughter who is just as crazy about throwing a lure as he is and has been one of the motivating factors in promoting sustainable fishing practices both in his local area and abroad. Being based in Mackay, the Casting Cowboys are spoilt for choice with both salt water and fresh water sports fish available to be caught and being an active member of SunTag, Brendan releases 95% of his catch after being tagged and their information is recorded.
Moving forward in partnership with Brendan, Mark hopes to cement themselves in the Barramundi fishing scene across Queensland and afar. Being competitive anglers, the tournament scene brings much enjoyment to the lads and with big plans for Casting Cowboys fishing team in the near future. Brendan enjoys teaching and showing people the ‘ins and outs’ of fishing and has a huge passion for educating around fishing behaviours and techniques, some of the information can be found in many of the articles published by Fish and Boat magazine.