SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Recfishwest offers WA’s best fishing clinic program for kids in WA. This program has been running for over 15 years and has taught thousands of kids the joys of fishing. The clinics have always  been well supported by Healthway, with the SunSmart message accompanying our Fishing Clinics, making them a safe outdoor activity for all ages.

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We run school clinics along with Community clinics and even Regional Community Tours. Check out the details below to see if there is a tour coming up near you! To find out more about fishing clinics, please contact Recfishwest on 9246 3366 or email recfish@recfishwest.org.au

To read how the recent 2016 Recfishwest SunSmart Southern Community Tour went, including photos, click here.

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Recfishwest conducts FREE SunSmart fishing clinics for children aged 10-17 years in the Perth Metropolitan area and Western Australian regional areas. Every year the program invovles nearly 90 fishing clinics, which in total are attended by around 2,000 children.

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Below is a snippet of our ‘Become a Recfishwest Fisherkid’ book. This book was designed to help kids learn more about fishing and has been a huge hit with the kids. The book is made from waterproof paper so it can become a permanent item in the tackle box for every fishing adventure, helping kids  learn as they go!

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Recfishwest Fishing Clinic FAQ’s

Who do you do clinics for? The majority of clinics booked are through schools, however we also offer community clinics for community groups and or clubs.

How long is each clinic?  Clinic duration is two hours. We do not run clinics between the hours of 12pm-3pm due to heat and UV rays.

What are some topics covered in the clinic? The instructors give a presentation at the beginning of the clinic that covers the SunSmart message, Fishing safety, WA recreational fishing rules, sustainability, keeping your catch, fish handling, rigs and a demonstration on casting. At the conclusion of the clinic, the instructors ask questions on what the kids have learnt throughout the duration of the clinic and hand out prizes.

How many kids per clinic?   For school clinics 30 is the maximum number of kids allowed, due to the amount of equipment and for safety reasons. For community based clinics if the numbers are greater we advise that people bring their own equipment and each child has parent supervision.

Is there any cost involved? No, the clinics are free to attend.

How to make a booking? Please contact us on 08 9246 3366 or recfish@recfishwest.org.au

Meet our Instructors: 

Craig Bibra:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACraig has enjoyed recreational fishing for most of his life.  In the late 1990’s he decided to give something back to the passion he loved and started volunteering with the Department of Fisheries.  He spent time on the Boards of the Metropolitan and Exmouth Recreational Fishing Advisory Committees and Recfishwest.  In 2000 Craig joined the Department of Fisheries as a Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officer (VFLO) and helped with the everyday management of the program in addition to being the south metropolitan patrol leader.  It was in this role that Craig was trained and conducted fishing clinics for the Department of Fisheries.  While the chairman of the Recfishwest Communications Sub-committee, Craig and fellow VFLO, Kim Burton, established the Recfishwest Fishing Clinic Program.  In 2005 with Mark Pagano, the Recfishwest Fishing Clinic trailer was designed and manufactured to extend Fishing Clinics to regional Western Australia.  Twelve years on and Craig remains a senior fishing clinic instructor with Recfishwest and is passionate about the messages of sustainability and safety that he and his fellow volunteers teach.

Kim Burton:Kim Burton profile picKim became hooked on fishing as a seven year old and has fished almost every coastal area between Augusta and Broome.  His passion is rock fishing but Kim has owned a boat since his early twenties.  He is a keen free diver, chasing crabs and Western Rock Lobster over the summer months. Kim joined the VFLO program in 1993 and was a foundation member.  In his time with the FVLO’s, Kim instigated the Cockburn Sound Snapper Research that led to the seasonal closure protecting the spawning aggregations of Snapper in the late ‘90’s.  He is also passionate about Tailor fishing and has been involved in Tailor tagging/research at Point Walter for twenty years.  Kim’s log book records from hundreds of Tailor fishing trips offshore helped shape the management for this iconic species.  After over eleven years with the VFLO program he moved on and joined close friend Craig Bibra in growing the Recfishwest Fishing Clinics.  After more than 10 years of running Recfishwest Fishing Clinics he still has a burning passion to give kids the opportunity to fish and introduce them to the sport of fishing as well as help refine the skills of those that do fish. He had participated in Woodside/Recfishwest Northern Tour Fishing Clinics from their inception in 2005 until 2014.

Adam Vegvary: Adam Vegvary profile picAdam has a passion for land based fishing that started at a very early age.  Adam can often be found fishing from a rock wall during a storm, flicking plastics for Flathead in the river or chasing Squid from his kayak. Adam has always been happy to volunteer his time to help others and with two sons he spends a lot of his time as an assistance coach with the South Coogee Saints Football Club in the winter and as a junior athletics coach for Phoenix Park during the summer. Adam was first introduced to the Recfishwest Fishing Clinics through friend and fellow instructor Kim Burton.  Adam was keen to help educate young people in safe and sustainable fishing practices and trained as an instructor in 2010.  He has been involved in running Recfishwest Fishing Clinics across the metropolitan area including Rottnest Island and in 2013 was part of the team travelling on the Northern Tour.

Alan Guthrie:Alan Guthrie profile picAlan first started fishing as a five year old from a jetty in Bahrain, an island in the Persian Gulf.  When his parents returned home to Western Australia and lived in Attadale, his love for fishing grew and he has many fond memories of catching Tailor and Cobbler from the Point Walter jetty and sand bar. In July 2007, Alan met Craig Bibra at the Education Expo held at the Claremont showgrounds.  Craig was there promoting Recfishwest Fishing Clinics and Alan asked how he could help out with volunteering as he had just sold his business and now had spare time on his side.  Later that year, after an induction with Recfishwest, Alan became a Fishing Clinic Instructor. Alan enjoys helping with the fishing clinics and especially likes seeing the joy on the faces of the participants when they catch their first fish.  He encourages children to get out and fish, not only as fun activity but also as a chance to spend quality time with their parents or grandparents.

Ian Sewell:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIan has been the Editor/Director of The West Australian Fishing Magazine for the past 11 years.  Prior to this and since, Ian has run and owned tackle stores around the Perth Metropolitan area gaining a lot of contact with recreational anglers over the years.  Ian became a member of the Recfishwest Board in 2010, before developing an interest in Recfishwest’s fishing clinic program. Ian has a passion for the water, boating and fishing for literally any species of fish that swims.  He also has a passion for chasing crustaceans of very type.  Ian’s love of fishing has also seen him competing and representing the state and Australia on many different occasions in fly fishing and Bream tournaments.  These tournaments have taken him to many waterways around Australia and New Zealand.  Ian’s passion and knowledge has proved invaluable to the many children he teaches through the fishing clinics.  He has participated in a number of Northern and Southern Tours and regularly helps out in metropolitan clinics

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Check out the video below to see how our Recfishwest Clinic program works.

To find out more about fishing clinics or to make a booking, please contact Recfishwest on 9246 3366 or email recfish@recfishwest.org.au