Reel excitement on menu at next ‘Gone Fishing Day’

FISHING clubs and organisations are being encouraged to host their own ‘Gone Fishing Day’ events as part of the State-wide celebrations on Sunday, October 13, with Padstow RSL Fishing Club among the first to apply.

Clubs can apply for a fishing package or $2,000 to host fishing activities such as casting and fishing workshops and info sessions as part of their event.
The fishing package consists of rod and reel sets, giveaways, prizes and advisory info.
Clubs can also use the funds to buy fishing gear, bait, food and non-alcoholic drinks and equipment hire to run their local Gone Fishing Day event.
Activities to restore fish habitat, through replanting and weeding creek banks, on Gone Fishing Day are also eligible to apply.
Padstow RSL Fishing Club President Geoff Lapworth said his club boasts about 60 adults and 50 children who were recruited at last year’s ‘Gone Fishing Day’.
“We’re looking forward to it and will meet at Lambeth Reserve, 9-11.30am, and plan to use the funds to buy rods, reels and prizes as well as running the event itself,” he said.
“These days are great for the kids as well as the local community.”
Offering deep sea and land-based fishing in the Georges River, Geoff said it was always an interesting, relaxing experience.
“There’s plenty of flathead and brim in the river and they’re safe to eat; we meet at East Hills park once a month,” he said.
To find out more about the club: or to apply for a grant by July 8: