Kids reel in fishing tips
ABOUT 30 kids hooked into an educational fishing day yesterday at Elliott Heads.
The Sunfish Lifestyle Kids Fishing Day allowed children to learn all about fishing and get them started in the sport.
Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club event co-ordinator Robert Sewell yesterday told the NewsMail it was a "brilliant" day for all involved.
"It gives kids a start in things like fishing, tying knots, fish identification, tagging, soft plastics and casting," Mr Sewell said.
"It introduces them to fishing."
Mr Sewell said the day was strongly supported by other club members with 22 heading to the beach to help teach and supervise the kids.
"It's always nice to see the kids out there fishing and having a good time," he said.
"I think that's the reason half of us do it."
The lesson paid off with plenty of fish caught by the blossoming young fishermen and women.
"This is our fifth one and it was just fantastic," Mr Sewell said.
"If Sunfish gets the grants again, we hope to do it again next year - they're not a cheap thing to put on.
"But the cost is nothing when you see a smile on a kid's face after they've caught a fish."
Mr Sewell said a big part of the day was teaching kids about sustainability and how to properly release fish.
"It teaches them to look after the environment," he said.
"I want my kids' kids to be able to walk down to the beach and catch fish."