Kids catch on to fun

THE Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club recently conducted a Lifestyle Kids Fishing Day at Elliot Heads.

There were 25 boys and girls between the age of eight and 15 who had a great morning learning how to tie knots, tag fish, identify different fish species, rig up soft plastic lures and cast a fishing rod.

After some morning tea and the above coaching activities, the kids headed down to the mouth of the Elliot River to put into practice what they had learnt.

Whiting and flathead were the common species caught and released by the children.

A Sunfish representative was assisting our club members in the supervision and instruction of the event that received positive feedback from all parties.

After a sausage sizzle and juice for lunch the kids were talking about their catches and the ones that got away.

The kids were allowed to keep the new rod and reels they used and took home a gift bag full of sponsor items and information relating to the day's events.

We hope to run another kids fishing day in the new year, so keep an eye out for the date on our club website at www.bundysportfishing.com.au.

On the local fishing scene, the offshore reefs have been a hit and miss affair with reef fin fish closures ending tomorrow at midnight.

Once you can get out wide, red emperor and trout are still taking live yakkas and cobia are also mixed up among the bait balls.

Try trolling a diving lure or skirt spread around your normal bottom bashing spots if the triggerfish are giving you too much curry, as big trevally, kingies and even a billfish might turn a dull day into a corker for you. The estuaries are just starting to produce a few mud crabs and flathead seem to be very prolific at present.

The dirty fighting mangrove jacks are taking live whiting and well presented lures hard up in the snags and rock bars of the Baffle, Littabella and Yandaran creeks.



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