Recreational fishers in NSW will band together once again on ‘Gone Fishing Day’ for activities and fishing workshops that aim to connect the one million fishers state-wide and reel in keen, new fishers to the hobby.
Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is encouraging fishing enthusiasts to join the Wallerawang branch of Central Acclimatisation Society at their Gone Fishing Day event on 9 October 2022
The family fun fishing day is supported by a NSW Government Gone Fishing grant of $2000. The community event will include fishing for redfin eradication, introduction to fly-fishing for trout and free fly-casting lessons.
Mr Toole said the series of events across the state offer something for everyone, from workshops that teach beginners how to hook a fish to activities that help veteran freshwater anglers sharpen their skills.
“Mark 9 October in your calendar; Gone Fishing Day is on again,” Mr Toole said.
“The grants will be used to purchase fishing gear, bait, food and drinks or hire equipment to assist in holding an event for Gone Fishing Day.’
“The Department of Primary Industries will also be hosting free community fishing events throughout NSW, to encourage everyone to wet a line.
Ray Tang from Wallerawang Central Acclimatisation Society said after a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the team made a commitment to make this event bigger and better.
“We have sourced great prizes ranging from high end fishing rods, tackle boxes, a fully kitted out Kayak, 4×4 recovery gear, even a bar fridge to give away on the day!” said Mr Tang.
“It will be a great day for all, even if you are not a fisherman, and really hope you can come and have a look throughout the day.”
NSW Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders said Gone Fishing Day is back by popular demand.
“Every year, fishers young and old, get involved, and I’m looking forward to seeing our fishers in Lithgow and surrounding areas turn out to make the 2022 Gone Fishing Day the biggest and best one yet,” the Minister said. Gone Fishing Day is a national initiative organised by the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, with activities in NSW supported by the Recreational Fishing Trust and DPI.