The Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club held a number of community fishing clinics in October with almost 300 people attending and enjoying one of WA’s most enjoyed past-time.
The report below is courtesy of Mandurah Community Museum and Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club.
October School Holiday Program Report 2015
Get Hooked on Fishing
Due to popular demand the Mandurah Community Museum (MCM) in partnership with the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) conducted Fishing Clinics for the second time this year.
They had the support of Jessamy Ham from the Fisheries Department, volunteers from Getaway Outdoors and Alcoa over the three days.
The fishing clinics were again a huge success. This was due to all the people involved. I would like to thank everyone for their time, support and effort.
173 children participated in the fishing clinics and 84 parents attended.
The fishing clinics were held at Dalrymple Park, just near the Mandurah Community Museum.
The first 30 minutes of each session provide the children with the opportunity to learn fish identification, what the regulations are, what the best fishing practices for sustainability are, fishing techniques and skills and personal safety. Jessamy from the Department of Fisheries presented this session.
The practical part of the session went for 60 minutes. The children were divided into 4 groups. They rotated to each of the activities, which included fishing for 30 minutes, casting for 15 minutes, tying a line to a hook for 7 minutes, learning to fillet a fish for 7 minutes and fish identification as an extra activity if there was time.
The MOFSC lead each of the activities with the support of other volunteers. A lifeguard was employed to ensure the children were safe when fishing from the bridge.
After each clinic the children were asked to complete a feedback form. A raffle was drawn to win a fishing rod provided by MCM, participation certificates were presented by Jim Booker from the MOFSC and prizes provided by the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, the Mandurah Community Museum and Recfishwest were awarded. Many of these prizes were bought and supplied from Getaway Outdoors.
The feedback was very positive, 95% of the children thought the fishing clinic was fun and 91% of them learnt something new. The children indicated that the instructors and volunteers provided them with the confidence to go fishing and enjoy the experience safely with their friends and family.
The children wrote that their favourite activity in order of preference was casting, fishing from the bridge, catching a fish, filleting a fish, catching a crab, all of it and tying knots.