Kids Fishing Workshop

at the Fishing Club’s Jetty

The DPI runs general Kids Fishing Workshops in both freshwater and saltwater locations. The location sites vary over time but generally are located in either departmental owned facilities or safe locations which have been risk assessed by agency staff. Last Thursday the DPI ran its January workshop at Merimbula from the Fishing Club’s Jetty at Spencer Park. With 24 boys and girls on deck the workshop organised by DPI Education Officer Stephen Thurston and supported by Fishcare volunteers was a great success. The junior anglers are taught to assemble rods and reels, how the reels work and about different types of fishing tackle, soft plastics, lures and bait set ups. They then practice casting including awareness of others with fixed targets to aim for. There is a class on NSW DPI rules and regulations conservation, fish size (length), safe handling so fish and how to measure them so that they may be returned to the water (catch and release).

After a sausage sizzle lunch (provided) everyone went out onto the jetty to test out their newly learned skills first hand. Notwithstanding some organized chaos and minor tangles the group was rewarded with the catch and release of a number of trevally, leather jacket and mullet.

At completion of the workshop the junior anglers get to keep their fishing rods, reels, t-shirts and hat along with a box of tackle and information. The next workshop for Merimbula is scheduled for 19 April, contact Stephen Thurston: stephen.thurstan@dpi.nsw.gov.au . Workshops are for children aged between 8 and 14 years. Workshops generally last no more than 5 hours and the number of maximum participants is 30.

Next Fishing Workshop – April 19th 2019