Things I Never Thought I’d Learn from Living in Belgrade

Moving from a small, relatively-unknown town in the middle of England to a small, relatively-unknown country in the middle of Southeast Europe wasn’t something that I ever thought I’d end up doing. I also never thought I’d end up working as a Partner Content Specialist for the world’s largest online platform for booking fishing trips (“the AirBnB of fishing!”, I still often tell my bemused dad). 

Writing for a living was always something I longed to do. However, it just didn’t seem like a possibility in the ultra-competitive working world of London, where I always thought I would settle down. Now, after only 14 months at FishingBooker, I’ve blogged, delved into the world of SEO and e-commerce, learned how to make GIFs (something every self-respecting millennial should know about!), and picked up a whole host of other transferable skills.

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FishingBooker Marketing Chief Reels in 70lb Tuna in Croatia

In early September the FishingBooker team headed down to the idyllic coastal Croatian town of Rovinj for some well-earned team-building fun after a busy summer. But they weren’t there to relax. They were there to catch a GIANT Bluefin Tuna.

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“I’m Sold” – The Story of a Serbian Engineer’s Journey to Head of Sales at FishingBooker

It’s just over a year since Steve Koncar joined FishingBooker – a startup that, true to its name, books fishing trips all across the globe. Over that time, he has helped the company double the number of partner captains on the website. At the same time, he is constantly looking out for new areas of growth.

I manage to briefly tear Steve away from his phone and he tells me about the job that gets him doing business with passionate fishermen everywhere from Fiji to California.

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From Oxford To Belgrade: How I Landed My Perfect Job Where I Least Expected It

When I tell people in the UK that I’m living in Serbia, their reaction is usually fairly predictable. It ranges from the mystified “is that in Russia?” to the concerned “is there still a war on?” to the downright dismissive “my husband drove through there on the way back from Greece. He said it was awful”.

When I tell Serbs I am working here, they are often equally disgruntled. Like many countries in South and Central Europe, Serbia has a serious problem with unemployment. This has resulted in a brain drain of some of the country’s most ambitious young people, who are fed up with the clunky bureaucracy and nepotism that is rife in most of the country’s largest companies and go abroad to look for brighter opportunities elsewhere. This means the idea of a foreigner coming to Belgrade from the safe haven of Oxford University can take some getting used to. It just isn’t usually done.

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Key West Fishing Report – Barracuda Thieves, Nurse Shark Frenzy with Meridian Charters

After an amazing day of fishing the Tampa flats with Captain Ted Nesti a few weeks ago, we knew we had to test Florida’s world-renowned offshore potential next. So we packed our rods and made our way south to Key West for our next fishing rendezvous, this time with Captain Jeremy of Meridian Charters.

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Tampa Bay Fishing Report: Shark and Redfish Magic with Capt. Ted Nesti!

Every day, we at FishingBooker send hundreds of people fishing all over the world. Whether it’s trolling for grander Marlin in Puerto Vallarta (heating up this time of year) or chasing that Fly Grand Slam on the Belizean flats, we know a guy, who knows his fish. Still, it’s always a special treat when we get to meet one of the Captains we work with, and try him on ourselves! This time, as we wrapped up yet another incredible Florida Sportsman Expo, we’ve decided to pay a visit to Captain Ted Nesti, a bona fide fishing maven of the St Petersburg flats.

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