Event will go on

Kids en­joy fish­ing fun de­spite funds worry

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

THE Biggenden Fish­ing Club’s an­nual Ju­nior Kids’ Fish­ing Day last Satur­day may have been the last, if its fund­ing was cut.

The club’s John Rokesky said Sun­fish spon­sored the event but with no govern­ment fund­ing.

“The feed­back we have re­ceived, the in­di­ca­tions are fund­ing has been slashed,” Mr Rokesky said. “It is rather frus­trat­ing not to know what is hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture but I be­lieve the club will – with or with­out fund­ing – still go ahead with the Take a Kid Fish­ing Day later in the year.

“Fish­ing is a great recre­ational sport for young peo­ple and to see the look on their faces, when they catch a fish, is price­less.”

On Satur­day, the chil­dren who reg­is­tered were ex­cited and will­ing to learn.

Ac­cred­ited in­struc­tors John Rokesky and Steve Fuller taught the ea­ger an­glers the im­por­tance of the rules and reg­u­la­tions; why they wanted to fish; fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and le­gal size/bag lim­its and rig­ging a rod/cast­ing.

Af­ter morn­ing tea, the chil­dren set up their rods to go fish­ing and tried their luck.

Al­though the fish were not very co-op­er­a­tive, a few of the ju­niors did reel in a catch.

Abby Petersen was the first and the ex­cite­ment of bring­ing it in gave ev­ery­one a laugh, as the first thing she yelled was “fish for tea, mum”.

It took a lot of con­vinc­ing that the catch was a bit small to feed the whole fam­ily. Not to be out­done, Abby’s brother Sam caught a good size sleepy cod, which he re­turned to the wa­ter.

Good on you, Sam, for lis­ten­ing to why it is im­por­tant to catch and then re­lease when fish­ing.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to Ben Frazer and So­phie Doyle for catch­ing fish.

A bar­be­cue lunch was sup­plied, af­ter which the ju­nior an­glers were pre­sented with a rod/reel combo and a bag of good­ies.

The Biggenden Fish­ing Club thanked Sun­fish for its gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship.

It al­lowed the club to give th­ese ex­cited chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to learn about recre­ational fish­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment.

FU­TURE AN­GLERS: Par­tic­i­pants in the an­nual Ju­nior Kids’ Fish­ing Day at Par­adise Dam are all smiles af­ter re­ceiv­ing their rod and reel, along with a bag of good­ies.

The smile says it all, as Ben Fraser shows his ex­cite­ment at catch­ing a fish at Par­adise Dam.

Sam Petersen, of Childers, with the one that didn’t away at Par­adise Dam.

So­phie Doyle, of Gayn­dah, with her catch at the Ju­nior Kids’ Fish­ing Day.

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