City's fishing in limelight

The city of Whyalla is set to star in former AFL ruckman Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt’s new television program the Great Australian Doorstep and his new fishing magazine xxxx Anglers.

Mr Everitt made a guest appearance at the Australian Snapper Competition in Whyalla at the weekend.

Mr Everitt had a decorated career playing for St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney from 1993 to 2008.

He now resides on the Gold Coast and said he thoroughly enjoyed his short time in Whyalla.

Whyalla is set to star in former AFL ruckman Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt’s new television program the Great Australian Doorstep

Whyalla is set to star in former AFL ruckman Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt’s new television program the Great Australian Doorstep

“I came down to Whyalla last year and met Darren Beare from Westlands Hotel and I got to talking to him about the snapper competition,” Mr Everitt said.

“It is one of those iconic fishing events and I’d spoken to a few fishermen from the Gold Coast and we agreed to go down and give it a go.

“But I had an absolute ball, we only caught three small snapper so nothing really of interest.”

Mr Everitt said his new television show Great Australian Doorstep, along with his magazine xxxx Anglers was the result of a passion he grew to love.

He said he had only started getting into fishing in the past 18 months, since moving to the Gold Coast with his wife Sherry.

“In all honesty I used to hate fishing – it was just so boring, I didn’t really think there was purpose to it,” he said.

The Great Australian Doorstep is a travel television show hosted by Mr Everitt that highlights smaller Australian towns, the people who live there and why they are seen as holiday destinations.

Mr Everitt said his trip to Whyalla had been circled on his calender since his first visit last year.

“We just thought it was a good idea because no one actually goes to these competitions and reviews them,” he said.

“We try to get to all of the fishing competitions around Australia and Whyalla was a great experience.

“Everyone there was very friendly, and a lot of the locals helped us out in terms of what equipment we should be using.”

Mr Everitt said he was excited to see so many young people out fishing in Whyalla and would encourage more youngsters to become involved in the sport.