Fishing lessons for kids to be held the Bay

Children eager to learn about fishing during the school holidays have the opportunity to get tips from the experts by attending a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fishing workshop.

Workshops are planned for January at Batemans Bay, Merimbula, Lake Illawarra and Jindabyne over the Christmas school holidays.

DPI education officer Stephen Thurstan said the workshops would provide participants aged between eight and 14 years the chance to learn basic fishing skills.

“Children attending the workshops will learn about recreational fishing rules, sustainable fishing practices, native and introduced fish species and aquatic habitats,” Thurstan said.

“Participants will be taught casting, knot tying, setting up their own rod and reel, and how to play a fish in the morning session.

“In the afternoon, they get to practise those skills when they go fishing.

“After the workshop, the kids will have the skills and equipment to be able to go fishing, which is a great activity to keep them occupied over the school holidays.

“Local Fishcare volunteers will be on hand at each workshop to help the next generation of anglers learn about one of Australia’s favourite pastimes from experienced experts.” 

The fishing workshop program is one of many programs implemented by the NSW Government using funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts to improve fishing opportunities across the state.

Each workshop costs $40 a child, which includes a quality rod and reel, hooksafe, tackle box, shirt, hat and a barbecue lunch.

Parents are encouraged to ensure children participating have plenty of sunscreen, bring along a drink bottle for water and wear enclosed footwear. 

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 children per day and bookings are essential.

To secure a place, phone Stephen Thurstan on 0438 245 190, and for more information on the program, visit the DPI Fishing Workshop web page. 

HOLIDAY CLINIC DETAILS

Fishing workshops will be held from 10am to 2pm at: 

- Batemans Bay, January 9. 

- Merimbula, January 10. 

- Lake Illawarra, January 15 

- Jindabyne, January 18 and 19.

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