Kids’ chance for some ‘reel’ fun
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.