NSW Free Community Fishing Day 16 October 2016
Tuross Head Fishing Club in conjunction with Tuross Head Country Club were delighted to hold our first NSW Free Community Go Fishing Day Event on the 16 October 2016, this event an initiative of the Recreational Fishing Trusts attracted a total of 96 participants 36 adults and 60 children whose ages ranged from very young up to 16 years with some trying fishing for the first time. The concept was to introduce people to fishing and encourage them to give it a try. Fishing Licence wasn't required for this event.
There were 30 fish caught, with the range of species including Bream, Flathead, Blackfish, Trevally, Whiting and Salmon. All fish caught were photograph and released which as a Club we encourage with the Tuross Head Fishing Club being one of the first fishing clubs to change from weighting in fish to catch measure the length and release.
Recreational Fishing Trusts
Registration at Boatshed
The registration and briefing for the event was held at the Tuross Head Boatshed at 8am where everyone received an arm band, a bag of goodies, rules for fishing and instructions for the day. Fishing was restricted to Lake and Estuary or from the beaches around Tuross Head (no rock fishing), all fish were caught and measured and released. Catch details and presentation of results was held in the afternoon at the Tuross Head Country Club along with a sausage sizzle and entertainment. Breakdown of fish caught and sizes are;
Flathead – 11 caught sizes were; 46cm, 37cm, 38cm, 60cm, 32cm, 52cm, 52cm, 46cm, 36cm, 31cm
Bream - 5 caught sizes were; 24cm, 19cm, 21cm, 16cm, 17cm
Blackfish - 9 caught sizes were; 21cm,22cm, 24cm, 19cm, 25cm, 19cm, 22cm, 23cm, 25cm
Trevally - 2 caught sizes were; 21cm, 22cm
Whiting - 1 caught size was; 20cm
Salmon - 1 caught size was; 56cm
While most people that attended were local or from surrounding areas we did have a couple from Melbourne and another from Tasmania who were holidaying in Tuross Head who had intended leaving for home on the go fishing day however when they saw one of our flyers they decided to stayed the extra day and join in the fun. Feedback from them both was very positive, they had a great day enjoyed the fishing and the entertainment in particular the bare foot bowls and they would love to come back again next year.
The weather was mostly fine although it did come up a bit windy during the afternoon but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm however it was too windy for the jumping castle where we had originally organised to set it up so it had to be move to a more sheltered area where it got a big thumbs up from all the young ones who spent a lot of the afternoon playing on it.
There was a range of entertainment provided that included bare foot bowls, casting competitions, kid’s disco as well as the jumping castle however the hits of the day for the younger ones were the disco and the jumping castle, it was great for the organisers of the day to see the young ones enjoying themselves. Jill and David Greenhalgh organised a fairy floss machine that proved very popular with many of the adults as well as the kids.
There was a range of fishing prizes including fishing rods won for fishing, raffle and chocolate wheel, and it was a pleasure for the organisers of the day to see the joy on the faces of the children who won.
All our participants enjoyed a great lunch of hot dogs, sausage sizzle, soft drink, juices and ice cream thanks to our catering officer Tammy Paul and her helpers who as usual did an excellent job.
Funding for this event was made possible with a grant from he Recreational Fishing Trust and sponsored by our local businesses. We would like to say thank you very much to the following businesses whom without their support the day wouldn’t have been the success it was:
Tuross Head Boatshed Brewing Camping and Fishing Moruya Tuross Head Service Station Sails Takeaway Tuross Head Country Club
When we asked for volunteers to help organise this event we had huge response from our club members with seventeen people volunteering their time to help both leading up to the event and on the day so a very big thank you to the following people:
Max Castle Scott Paul Tammy Paul Blake Paul Carol Kenney
John Suthern Gavin Roberson Jeanie Dixon Janine Campbell Rusty Martin
Jill Greenhalgh David Greenhalgh Bruce Kennedy Stuart Fagan Rod Federer
Tamara Whitehead Angela Darcey
Couple from Melbourne
Tammy & Janine
While all the volunteers did a great job and all helped to make the day fun and enjoyable for everyone we must make a special mention and thank you to Max Castle, and Scott and Tammy Paul who were the driving force behind getting this event off and running. Max did all the paperwork and application to Recreational Fishing Trust to get funding and approval and Scott got the local businesses on board with us and Tammy the support and catering, this event wouldn't have happen without their excellent team work.This event was a credit to our Club and shows what we can achieve when we have such great support from our members.
Scott, Max & Jeanie
It was exciting to see how enthusiastic all of the participants, both young and old, had for fishing and this type of family event. From the feedback we received on the all participants enjoyed the both the fishing and the entertainment and would like to see the club do this again.
We would welcome some feedback from Members letting us know if they would like to see us run this event again next year. Constructive suggestions welcome.
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