Kyabram Free Press

Fishing club offers family fun

- By Zac Standish

If anything can make you forget about the worries of the world it is sitting on the banks of a river with a fishing rod in one hand and a beverage in the other.

Sunday marked a day of celebratio­n for local anglers as keen participan­ts of all ages gathered together to celebrate National Gone Fishing Day.

This year’s theme aimed at putting the challenges of 2021 behind you, encouragin­g people to get out of the house with friends and family to experience a day of relaxation and enjoyment on the water.

In its sixth edition, national Gone Fishing Day is an initiative set up by the Australian Recreation­al Fishing Foundation and is all about celebratin­g all that we love about fishing and what it gives to the Australian community.

Leading the charge locally is the Kyabram Anglers Club — whose members frequent the region’s lakes and waterways — encouragin­g all and sundry to come on down and get involved in the fun.

Kyabram Anglers Club president Geoff Cronyn explained just how much fishing meant to him.

“Fishing is a vitally important part of my life and is something that is vitally important to me,” Mr Cronyn said.

“I have been an avid fisherman for over 50 years and it is just the relaxation and tranquilli­ty of it that I love so much — being able to head down to the lake with a couple of beers and enjoy the sun, it is just a fantastic day out.”

Running the Anglers Club, he highlighte­d what the associatio­n was all about and some of the values that made it a great option for people of all ages looking for a new hobby.

“We are a very family-orientated club that enjoys each other’s company and love to fish,” he said.

“We try and get away every month to find a new place to and fish, but obviously due to COVID we haven’t been able to do that as much as we would have liked, we also have a lot of club meetings and constantly look to increase our social connection­s.”

As restrictio­ns begin to relax, Mr Cronyn highlighte­d a number of excellent spots in the local area.

“The river isn’t very far away, you have the Goulburn River, the Murray as well as a lot of great local channels and lakes in Kyabram,” he said.

“Especially with summer coming around as well there is no better time to get involved with fishing and this area certainly has some fantastic spots for those keen to get started.”

For those thinking of getting involved with the club and fishing in general, Mr Cronyn had this message.

“Just go ahead and do it. You can buy a rod and some tackle for around $30 so it is not expensive and is a great day out,” he said.

“The Kyabram Anglers is a great community and always looking for new members so feel free to come on down, introduce yourself and get started.”

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