Fish Report - Take A Kid Fishing Day

Less than perfect weather, did not deter the kids keen to take part in the annual Take a Kid Fishing Day held at the river mouth at Elliot Heads on Sunday, 14th March 2010.

This day is held every year and is sponsored by Sunfish, the Department of Primary Industries, the Australian Fishing Trade Association and Tackle World Bundaberg.

The day is aimed at children between five and fifteen years old, to get them involved with fishing and educate them in responsible fishing practices.  Fishing specialists are on hand to help them with their fishing techniques, so the children and their parents can come along and have a fun day together, with a positive outcome.

Tackle World staff were there to lend a hand with the fishing, as well to man the sausage sizzle and to present the awards and lucky draws. 

This year 36 children came along with their parents and tried their luck.  In spite of the 30 knot winds and the threat of rain, they managed to land around 8 fish, including dart, butter bream and a shovelnose ray.  Considering the conditions, this was a good effort.  After posing for a few photos with their catches, the kids released their fish.

The first fish of the day was caught by little Jasmine Ward who hooked a 38cm dart, and won herself a rod and reel combo.  This was also the biggest fish of the day.  Luke Gilbert also caught a dart, and his measured 27cm.  For his efforts, he was also rewarded with a rod and reel.  The third rod and reel combo went to Gadiel Camilleri for his 17cm butter bream, and for the unusual catch of a shovelnose, Hayden and Caleb Szegfu were awarded a Tackle World Bundaberg prize pack.

With the high tide dropping, the fishing took place between 9.00am and around 10.30am, and when the kids were all fished out they grabbed a sausage and collected their awards.  Each kid who took part was presented with a sample bag supplied by Sunfish.

Once again, the day Take a Kid Fishing Day was a success with all the kids and their parents spending a morning on the beach having a fun time together.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year, and hope that the weather will be a little kinder to us.

Till next time,

Tim Mulhall
Tackle World Bundaberg