Club Giving Back to Grassroots Fishing

THE Albany Offshore Boating and Fishing Club (AOBFC) held another popular junior fishing clinics last month.

Forty youngsters aged four to 14 attended the free clinic, which was held at the AOBFC’s Emu Point clubrooms and on the nearby beach.  Thanks to the efforts of AOBFC member Morris Wilkinson, Kylie Outhwaite from Fisheries and new Albany local Ross Italiano, the clinic was deemed a great success, with plenty of positive feedback from the kids and their parents.

Bream and whiting were the main catch for the kids after they had listened to talks on various aspects of recreational fishing, including fish welfare, catch care, sustainability and the ever important rock fishing safety. The clinic was followed by a free barbecue.

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Buoyed by the success of its recent clinics, the club is looking to purchase more rods and reels to cater for more kids each time, and with more kids requires more instructors. If you’re new to Albany join the local fishing club and contribute to your local community.

Recfishwest also wants to pass on our best wishes to veteran angler Ron Pearson. As always, Ron was on hand to help at the clinic, but fell ill later that week and is now recovering in hospital.

The Albany Offshore Boating and Fishing Club deserves credit for encouraging ‘grass roots’ fishing within the community of Albany. The fishing clinics connect our future generations of fishers to their aquatic environment and allow them to enjoy sustainable and safe fishing experiences.