Get Hooked Fishing Workshop on the North Coast

North Coast students will put their knowledge to the test, hook, line and sinker, during their first fishing trip as part of a NSW Government initiative, Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW State Coordinator, Dee McElligott, said today.

"Get Hooked...Its Fun to Fish is an I&I NSW program, encouraging children to take an active role in the management of waterways and fish stocks," Ms McElligott said.

"The program plays an important role in ensuring the States aquatic resources are enjoyed now and in the future, by teaching primary school aged children safe and responsible fishing practices, the significance of aquatic life and life cycles, and the importance of sustaining a quality fish habitat.

"And now that the students have finished the in-class component and gained their fishing passport, theyll get the opportunity to wet their lines during a number of hands-on fishing workshops at Evans River Reserve, Evans head next week.

"Around 120 students from Broadwater Public School, Southern Cross Public School in Ballina, Coraki Public School and Evans River Public School in Evans Head, will participate over the three days, and its great to see the kids so excited about putting their knowledge to the test."

At the workshops students will learn the practical aspects of fishing including rod and reel basics, knots and rigs, bait selection and identification, casting skills, fish identification, fishing regulations and catch and release techniques.

More than 56 schools across NSW are registered in the program.

"The Get Hooked program is assisted by Fishcare volunteers, who have been instrumental in the success of this program, teaching the next generation of kids about one of Australias favourite pastimes," Ms McElligott said.

"These dedicated volunteers will be on hand over the three days, imparting their experience and skills onto the budding anglers of tomorrow.

"This program is one of many initiatives funded by the NSW Governments Recreational Fishing Trusts to improve fishing across the state."

The workshops will be held at Evans River Reserve, Evans Head on November 9,10 and 11 from 9.15am - 2pm.

For more information on the program, visit  Get Hooked...Its Fun to Fish page.