Great chance to wet a line
Both Federal and State governments have acknowledged one of the most important pastimes in Australia with the launch of Gone Fishing Day.
Recreational fishermen and women can take to the waters in WA without a licence, giving newcomers a chance to try their hand at something they might not have tried before.
State Fisheries Minister Joe Francis urged West Australians to join in and celebrate the day on October 16.
“More than 750,000 West Australians enjoy recreational fishing each year and Gone Fishing Day is designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate,” he said.
“With Western Australia’s huge expanse of coastline and numerous seaside communities, recreational fishing has long been part of the West Australian social fab- ric, with proven health and wellbeing benefits.
Whether it is wetting a line in a South-West stream or trying to land a barra in the Kimberley, there is a diverse range of fishing experiences on offer.
“While October 16 will be licence-free, the normal fishing rules will still apply and fisheries and marine officers will be out and about to ensure compliance,” Mr Francis said.
As a concession to the event, the annual West Coast Bio-region demersal fin-fish closure, due to start on October 15, will be delayed for 48 hours.
All other closures will remain in force, including the ban on fishing for pink snapper in Cockburn and Warnbro sounds.
Mr Francis said national Gone Fishing Day was another example of Government’s commitment to providing recreational fishing experiences to WA through initiatives such as artificial reefs and fish stocking projects.
A Coral Coast favourite.