Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Are you attending one of our clinics? Don’t forget to Slide, Seek, Slip, Slop, Slap and wear your hat!

Click on the relevant links below to find out more or contact Kate, our Fishing Clinic Coordinator on kate@recfishwest.org.au

 

You can register for some of our upcoming sessions right here!

Some sessions on our calendar will be managed directly by us. You will see the form appear on the right, under the upcoming events if available. If you don’t see a form or the event is not an option on the form list, then it is either already full or you have to contact the event organiser to register.

Please complete and submit the form for the relative upcoming event listed. On the day we will need the parent or guardian signature confirming your attendance.

There are limited places per session and once it is full it will not appear here.

Up to 30 children aged 5 to 15 years may be registered per fishing clinic. Parents are expected to be present as supervisors for children 12 and under and are strongly encouraged to join in at all of our clinics.

Participants with a pre-existing medical condition or allergies to shellfish or fish should note this detail on the registration information. They should also speak to the instructor on the day who will allocate them a YELLOW wrist band. We use a combination of squid, prawns or fish, as well as berley during the fishing time. Instructors can easily set up a rig and hook for anyone wearing a YELLOW allergy bracelet so they have minimal or no contact with potential allergens.

  • All participants must wear a hat; no hat – no fish
  • Photographs may be taken of participants during the clinic and may be used for promotional purposes directly relating to fishing or the Recfishwest fishing clinics, as well as in promotional material from any of our community partners and groups who deliver our program. These photographs may appear on the Recfishwest website, newsletters or media accessible by the general public; such as community and promotional flyers, community newsletters and community or group social media pages. Please ensure you speak to an Instructor if you do not wish to have photos taken of you or your child.
  • All Fishing Clinics are SMOKE FREE sessions

Community sessions a hit on Saturday 16th Feb  

Both sessions, at Woodman’s Point and Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury had great weather…

Nearer to Nature Discovery Club hosted Funky fishing at Woodman’s Point. Lots of keen young fishers had fun whilst learning the basics with their parents.

The Dolphin Festival was a popular event on the Bunbury foreshore at the Dolphin Discovery Centre. We held a morning and an afternoon fishing clinic and had a fantastic time in the perfect weather. A visit from the pirate crew and giant marine life kites flying above us didn’t interrupt the fishing too much; and the mermaids stayed at the other end of the beach so we wouldn’t hook them on our lines!

Thanks to everyone who attended these clinics over the weekend. Our next community session is hosted by City of Bayswater on Sat 9th March at 9.30am, Hinds Reserve, Bayswater (just near Garratt Rd bridge). Go to the events calendar on this website for registration details.

 

Click over to “Get Involved/Events’ on this site and you will see all future scheduled clinics and events coming up.

 

 

Even more fishing opportunities 

Fishability are a not-for-profit organisation who recognise the need to ensure recreational fishing is accessible and affordable to everybody, regardless of ability, skill level or experience.

With the support of a large team of volunteers, Fishability are able to deliver both jetty and boat programs regularly in the Perth metro areas and regional centers at no cost.

If you are keen to enquire about their program and participate either independently, or with your Care Organisation, simply follow the link to the online forms and mapping site for further information.

 

As usual, get in touch with Recfishwest if you can’t find what you are looking for on these pages.

Craig Bibra

Craig Bibra

Craig 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 trained for and conducted fishing clinics with 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; by 2005 the first Recfishwest Fishing Clinic trailer was designed and manufactured to extend Fishing Clinics to regional Western Australia. Many 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

Kim 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 from 1998. Kim is still extremely passionate about providing all kids with the opportunity to try fishing, as well as help refine the skills of those who already fish.

Ian Sewell

Ian Sewell

Ian has been involved in many aspects of recreational fishing all over WA and internationally. Among many roles, he has run and owned tackle stores, run and managed angling competitions and tournaments and been Editor/Director of The West Australian Fishing Magazine. 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 or crustacean that swims. 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 internationally. As one of our senior instructors, Ian’s passion and knowledge has proved invaluable to the many participants attending the fishing clinics.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Fishing has been a passion of Kevin’s most of his life. He joined a shore based fishing club at the age of 17. He has enjoyed fishing many locations throughout Western Australia. Kevin started boating in his later years after joining the Marmion Angling Aquatic Club, where he still regularly takes part in many of the Angling and Sports section events. He has also spent a few years involved with the Australian Angling Association. These days Kevin is semi-retired and is pleased to be able to take the time to give back to the community with his angling skills as a Recfishwest fishing clinic instructor.

Alan Guthrie

Alan Guthrie

Alan 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.

Adam Vegvary

Adam Vegvary

Adam 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 state ever since.

Bec Griffiths

Bec Griffiths

Bec is an Environmental Officer and qualified trainer. The marine environment is her passion and has guided her studies and career. In 2005 she joined the Department of Fisheries as a Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officer to be part of their program conducting fishing clinics, helping with research and education patrols. In 2007 Becky took a position as a Fisheries and Marine Officer, before taking up her current role and moving into the Environment portfolio as an Environmental Officer. More than 10 years on she continues to volunteer each year with the Fisheries research programs. As one of the more recent additions to the Recfishwest team, Bec is yet again able to pass on her passion for the water and environment to others.

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Interested in hosting or planning a Recfishwest Fishing Clinic?

Please select the most relevant ‘Application form’ from the links below. Download, fill it in and send it to our fishing clinic coordinator via email to kate@recfishwest.org.au

If you have any further questions, fill in the enquiry form on the right and we will reply to your email as soon as we can.

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