Kids’ chance for some ‘reel’ fun

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - with Justin Causby

THE spotlight will be on fun for the young­sters when the New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion hosts a day for ju­nior mem­bers at the club pond at Bushy Park on Sun­day.

It’s al­ways a great day for the kids, and there will no doubt be plenty of smiles from the par­ents and grand­par­ents watch­ing the young­sters catch a fish or two.

The Duck Pond at Bushy Park Es­tates is run as a ju­nior wa­ter un­der In­land Fish­eries Ser­vice reg­u­la­tions, and no adults may fish in the pond at any time. Par­ents may help their chil­dren with cast­ing etc, but the child must be in con­trol of the rod at all times.

Ju­niors must be a mem­ber of the NNLAA to fish in the pond. This is for in­sur­ance pur­poses.

Mem­ber­ships are avail­able from the New Nor­folk Gun Shop, or they will be avail­able on the day at a cost of $5 per child.

A $10 sea­son mem­ber­ship for ju­niors is also avail­able, and this en­ters chil­dren into all the ros­tered com­pe­ti­tions for the sea­son.

Another op­tion is the fam­ily mem­ber­ship for $60, which cov­ers all ju­nior days and all com­pe­ti­tions for two par­ents or guardians and all chil­dren in their care.

Adult mem­ber­ships are $15 and $30 re­spec­tively for so­cial or sea­son mem­ber­ship.

Fish­ing is only al­lowed in the ju­nior pond dur­ing the spec­i­fied times set by the NNLAA. Some gear will be pro­vided, and there are lures and soft plas­tics supplied by the club, but it is en­cour­aged that you bring your own fish­ing gear along be­cause only lim­ited rods and reels are on of­fer.

There is a two-fish limit for each child to keep.

It is un­der­stand­able that the odd fish af­ter that may not be able to be re­leased, hence the rea­son we en­cour­age catch-and-re­lease.

Chil­dren need to learn the value of re­leas­ing the odd fish so it can grow big­ger and catch it again next time.

There is a cost for $5 per fam­ily to help cover the costs of ter­mi­nal tackle and a bar­be­cue. We will also be selling soft drinks.

Adults can bring along food for the bar­be­cue and we will cook it up. All chil­dren can en­joy a free sausage siz­zle. Some guide­lines for the day —

TIMES are 11am un­til 1pm.

CHIL­DREN must be mem­bers (avail­able on the day).

A FEE of $5 per fam­ily to cover run­ning costs.

A FREE bar­be­cue for kids, with soft drinks and bot­tled wa­ter avail­able for $1.

TWO FISH only to be kept per child — catch-and-re­lease en­cour­aged.

STRICTLY no fish­ing by adults Keen com­pe­ti­tion THE NNLAA held its an­nual com­pe­ti­tion with the Bridge­wa­ter An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion on the Der­went on Satur­day.

About 40 fish were weighed in with the spoils shared around.

The big­gest fish landed was by NNLAA ju­nior Corey Kele­her at 1.963kg.

For the se­nior brigade it went to BAA mem­ber Bernard Creed with a 1.611kg sea-run brown.

In the NNLAA ros­ter comp, it was Tony Robert­son tak­ing out the se­niors with a 1.474kg searun­ner, while Corey Kele­her’s 1.963kg brown had the ju­niors cov­ered.

Tony Robert­son was also right on the av­er­age weight at 0.768.

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