Kids’ holiday fishing workshops

KIDS interested in fishing are encouraged to come along to one of the many fishing workshops hosted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) this Easter school holidays.

DPI State Coordinator, Community Programs, Dee Payne, said a number of workshops
are being held across the State for children aged 8 to 14 years, giving them a chance to
learn the basics of recreational fishing.

“Children will have the opportunity to understand the importance of fishing safely and
responsibly, while also following sustainable fishing practices and NSW rules and
regulations,” Ms Payne said.

“Local DPI Fishcare Volunteers assist in the running of the workshops, and share their
love and passion of fishing with the kids.”

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

“Budding young anglers will learn essential fishing skills such as knots and rigs, baiting,
casting, bag and size limits and fish handling for catch and release,” Ms Payne said.

“The workshop costs $40 per child and includes a rod and reel combination, shirt, hat,
hooksafe, tackle box and show bag to take home. Each workshop will run from 10am to 2pm and are strictly limited to 25 participants, and bookings are essential.

“At the end of the day, our main goal is to demonstrate to children that fishing can be a
pastime they can enjoy for a lifetime.”

The workshops running over the Easter school holidays include:
North Coast:
• Tuesday, 15th April : Dutton Trout Hatchery
• Wednesday, 16th April : Grafton
Bookings – Milan Duwenhogger-Lange,
Ph 0458 274 876
Newcastle Area:
• Thursday, 17th April : Port Stephens (Lemon Tree Passage)
• Thursday, 24th April : Port Macquarie
Bookings – Jamie Burns,, Ph 0408 609 332

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