For the 2010 season on the reef skipper and owner Ian Walker will be taking control of the vessel and Rene Walker will also be on the vessel as hostess.
Ian and Rene are well known up and down the Queensland coast in both the heavy tackle and light tackle tournament scenes. They have fished in and won the majority of the tournaments in South East Queensland on their previous vessel also know as The Phantom. They have been regular participants on numerous boats as anglers, fishing the light and heavy tackle tournaments on the North Queensland grounds and understand your needs as the angler.
Ian has been running private vessels for over 25 years and has been chartering up and down the coast for the past 10 seasons. Fishing is a passion for Ian and over the years he has refined his skills to consistently find fish and has mastered his skills as a tournament winning skipper. A few of the many line honours Ian has had over the years are:-
Redcliffe Peninsula 8kg Tournament
Bribie Island Tournament of Champions
Bribie Island Blue Water Classic
Gold Coast Heavy Tackle
Gold Coast Light Tackle
Mooloolaba Light Tackle
Sunshine Coast Light Tackle
Along the way he has managed to put his anglers in a position to claim numerous top 3 placings and many champion male and or female angler placings. Working as a team Ian, Rene, son Daniel and daughter Jess have carved an enviable reputation as a consistent fish catching team. Rene will be onboard for the full season preparing restaurant quality meals and capturing your holiday on digital video. Not simply a hostess Rene has more then held her own on the deck of The Phantom and is also a current Australian record holding angler, so when the going gets tough during that fight of a lifetime, Rene will have plenty of motivation to get you through.
Ian and Rene’s son Daniel will be on board running the cockpit through all tournaments and for the majority of the charters. At times it seems Daniel has spent his life growing up on the back of fishing boats, he is always learning new tricks to give each client the best chance at success. Daniel has been fishing with Ian since he was 7 years old and at the ripe old age of 9 started mixing it with the rest of the crew during tournaments. He progressed quickly and by 12 was running the deck. In the last 17 years Daniel has been tournament and charter fishing in Cairns, Townsville, Coffs Harbour, New Caledonia, Kona and South East Queensland. A very solid angler himself Daniel has confessed that his real buzz comes from swinging on the leader and watching fresh baits get smashed by Giant Black Marlin. Daniel and his offsiders will be working tirelessly to ensure that the best time is had by all clients on board.
Having fished with many different crews and skippers over the years The Phantom team has refined their methods taking the best advice from each and experimenting with their own set ups to give you the best shot at success, whether it be fishing heavy, light, ultra light, lures, baits or switch baiting or just having a social or corporate experience on the water.