Kids’ fishing workshop this Saturday

KIDS keen to learn about fishing can get tips from the experts by attending a NSW Department Primary Industries (DPI) fishing workshop at Lake Illawarra.

DPI Education Officer, Stephen Thurstan, said the workshop on 8 December will provide participants aged between 8 and 14 years the chance to learn basic fishing skills.

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

“Participants will be taught casting, knot tying, setting up their own rod and rig, and how to play a fish in the morning session. In the afternoon, they get to practice 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 to help the next generation of anglers learn about one of Australia’s pastimes from experienced experts.”

The workshop costs $40 a child and will be run from 10am to 2pm. Each child receives a quality rod and reel, hooksafe, tackle box, shirt, hat and a BBQ 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 a day and bookings are essential.

To secure a place, please call Stephen Thurstan on 0438 245 190.

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