NSW Department of Primary Industries’ community engagement fishing workshop is all about attracting new young fishermen to the sport while teaching them important responsibilities, according to the DPI’s Brett Smith.
He believes the hands-on workshop at the Australian National Field Days will prove a popular attraction with children.
“We’re basically here teaching the kids how to tie knots, bait up rods, how to cast the rod and all the skills you need to go fishing,” he said.
“And while we’re doing all this we’re teaching them responsible fishing practices and that fishing is a fun and safe past time for everyone.”
Supervisor fisheries officer of north west zone Jason Baldwin said the message that they’re passing on to children is essential for a successful and healthy fishing future.
“Fishing is a great hobby for everyone and the message is simply that if they do it in the right manner then there will be lots of great fishing for the next generation to come,” he said.
“Hopefully over the next couple of days we can pass on this information and the kids can then pass that onto their parents and they’ll want to go fishing too.”
Parkes visitor Harrison Ryan, 8, is already hooked on fishing and was one of the first to try his luck yesterday morning.
The biggest catch from the dam during the opening day was a 30 centimetre rainbow trout, with other silver perch and species in the dam waiting to be caught.