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The inaugural Gone Fishing Day held in October last year was
such a resounding success it’s back this October 15, 2017.
More than 100 events around the nation helped make this a
great national day of fishing celebration.
We were amid the thousands of participants wetting a line. My
10-year-old daughter had a friend sleep over in the cabin, while
our then 5-year old boy shared our bed. The kids woke at dawn
and fished in their pyjamas, landing some decent trevally from
the back of the boat anchored off Store Beach on Sydney Harbour.
This is what it’s all about. Showing the kids a good wholesome
activity, letting them commune with nature, and even catch a fish
for the frying. From memory, we ate the trevally that day cut into
raw slivers and dunked in soya sauce. It’s got a great texture and
taste for sashimi.
Besides the legacy of a fantastic family event, Gone Fishing
Day introduced a new code of practice to help ensure recreational
fishing remains the sustainable sport and pastime it is today.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator
Anne Ruston, made the point that recreational fishers play an
important a role in ensuring we continue to have some of the best
managed fisheries in the world.
It’s of no good to us if we have nothing to catch. So, catch and
release, bag and size limits and seasonal closures all make good
sense where science determines such things.
Meantime, the F.I.S.H . Code of Practice followed four key themes:
• Fishing – respect and appreciate the fish they catch
• Interactions – respect other fishers and members of the
• Stewardship – demonstrate care for fish and the environment
• Habitats – respect, protect and restore our wildlife habitats.
The Gone Fishing Day program includes fish workshops, casting
comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tip classes,
touch tanks, loads of kids’ activities, fish-cooking demos and more.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries is promoting a
host of events to encourage everyone to get out on the water. It
doesn’t matter if you haven’t fished before, or if you’re the keenest
of anglers, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone. h
Australian fishing tourism gets a boost
Tourism Australia is promoting our Great Fishing Adventures of
Australia with a new landing page that includes videos, FAQs, links
to guides, charters and destination information. As the website
says: any way you look at it, Australia is an angler’s paradise. A
massive island with a sparse population, the country’s coastline
stretches well over 30,000kms and is surrounded by clean, lightly
The promotion continues with evocative language that says
the richness and diversity of Australia’s fish life is nothing short
of mind-boggling, with around 2,000 marine fish species and
another 280 freshwater varieties discovered so far (we’re still
counting). Many of these fish are found nowhere else on earth.
Mention is made of our iconic fish species from barra to
Murray cod, black marlin, giant trevally, big snapper and whiting,
to trout in the highlands. Tourism Australia says abundance,
variety and diversity are the core characteristics of our fishing.
And that is so very true.
I’ve fished alongside plenty of international angling travellers
and made some good friends over the years, too. They have heard
about this wild land Down Under where the fish are big and the
After all this time, the fishery remains world class, which
is testimony to the sustainable nature of well-managed sport
and game fisheries wherever they exist. The social-economic
value of fishing is something to embrace and preserve for future
generations. Anglers and fisheries management bodies are the
ones to decide how best to do that.
GONE FISHING DAY
NSW Gone Fishing Day Events
Free NSW DPI community fishing events open to everyone
will be run in six locations across the State on Sunday October
15 from 9am-3pm including:
• Botany Bay, Dolls Point, Peter Depena Reserve
• Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore Park
• Nelson Bay foreshore, Victoria Parade (eastern groyne)
• Lake Illawarra, Judbooley Parade foreshore (north side of
• Albury, Noreuil Park foreshore
• Inverell, Campbell Park, Captain Cook Drive
See the national website for Gone Fishing Day at <https://
Gone Fishing Day is all about celebrating the great Aussie pastime
of wetting a line. Here, Sandy Lockwood lands a nice little trevally
at Store Beach.
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