Go Fishing this Sunday

10 Oct 2017

Gone Fishing Day is on again, and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI) will be hosting a number of free community events, designed to get everyone casting a line in.

Bryan van der Walt, manager Recreational Fisheries Programs said Gone Fishing Day on Sunday October 15, is a chance to celebrate our love of fishing and 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,” Mr van der Walt said.

“Fishing is one of our State’s most popular recreational activities, with more than 850,000 anglers dropping a line in each year.

“The NSW Government is proud to support its recreational fishing sector, which generates $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.”

Free NSW DPI community fishing events for everyone will be run in six locations across NSW on Sunday 15 October, from 9am - 3pm.

  • 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 Windang Bridge)
  • Albury, Noreuil Park foreshore
  • Inverell, Campbell Park, Captain Cook Drive

“There is something for everyone, including beginners, who want to learn about fishing, as well as activities for the keen angler,” Mr van der Walt said.

“No fishing licence will be required on the day.

“Free, fun-filled fishing activities at each location will include how-to fish workshops, casting comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, touch tanks, fish cooking demos, boating safety stand,  activity marquees as well as loads of kids activities.

“Snappy, our crab mascot, will also be making an appearance and handing out lots of cool prizes.

“Once again, fishing clubs across the State will also be running their own Gone Fishing Day community fishing events in their local areas, check the DPI website for more information.”

For more info (02) 4424 7437, 0428 768 704, gofishing.nsw@dpi.nsw.gov.au, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

Gone Fishing Day is supported by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and NSW DPI.

Media contact: Sarah Wright (02) 6391 3686 or 0427075167