Event will go on
Kids enjoy fishing fun despite funds worry
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.