Get Ready for National Gone Fishing Day

Mark October 15 in the diary! After a successful debut in the recreational fishing calendar last year, interest is already growing in this year’s National Gone Fishing Day.

The day is all about celebrating how important fishing is to Australia, and yes, is a ripper of an excuse to head out for a fish with family and friends. What we saw last year was recreational fishers around Victoria hosting fishing events such as ‘learn how to fish’ sessions, family fun days and competitions.

We are receiving some calls and emails about the day so now is the time to consider what you, your community or fishing club can do on the day. Giving back to the community through events and activities and sparking the interest in new budding fishers is the order of the day.

In Victoria, we have a recreational fishing Small Grants program where fishing clubs and community groups can access funding for up to $5,000 for worthy events and projects.  If you are looking to hold an event on National Gone Fishing Day and need some funds to make it happen, look into the RFL Small Grants program and start developing an application. Also, remember to check with your local land manager our council if  you require an event permit.

Of course, there are plenty of fantastic fishing activities happening throughout the year. For instance, one of our member clubs Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron held a Family Fishing Day earlier in the year and received an excellent turnout of both junior and women competitors – and good catches.

To find out more connect with the National Gone Fishing Day Facebook page as October 15 approaches.

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