Matt started fishing (mostly land based) at the age of 5 at the family holiday spot in Waratah Bay, South Gippsland, Victoria. He spent his teenage years dedicated to playing football then followed by family and work commitments, fishing had to take a back seat. Matt moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2006, which re-ignited his passion for fishing. He discovered kayak fishing in 2008 and quickly became addicted.
Matt has competed in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Hobie Fishing Worlds finishing 7th, 8th and 11th respectively. Matt has also competed in the China, Australia, New Zealand (C.A.N) International Kayak Fishing Challenge.