Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Looking for a clinic to get involved in? Click on the REGISTER tab to see what clinics are currently scheduled and available for registrations.

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

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

 

You can register for some of our upcoming fishing clinics right here! Most of the sessions available to the public are ran during the school holidays or are held in conjunction with local shires.

You will see the form appear on the right, under the upcoming events if there is a fishing clinic 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, it may be a private clinic 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.

Fishing Clinic Guidelines

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 14 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
  • All Fishing Clinics are SMOKE FREE sessions
  • Photography policy: photographs may be taken of participants taking part in our fishing clinics and may be used for promotional purposes in Recfishwest communications and media. Please advise us in advance if there are any participants who do not wish to be photographed.

School holiday fun!

Fishing is the WA DNA! And giving kids and families access to fishing experiences is something we really value at Recfishwest.

With this year marking the 21st year of delivering fishing clinics to families all over the State, we are proud to have facilitated some awesome clinics during the school holidays recently.

From Karratha to Fremantle, to Hillarys and Kalbarri, we have been busy in the school holidays! All up we’ve had more than 100 eager young participants join us to learn about basic fishing skills, the use of appropriate equipment, the reasons behind fishing rules, correct fish handling techniques, catch care, sunsmart messages and safe fishing.

Check out just some of the clinics you’ve joined us on recently. It was great to see kids remembering to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

We are grateful to Healthway/SunSmart for their ongoing support, as well as Get Hooked and our passionate fishing clinic instructors who dedicate their time to help grow the program and get families out fishing!

Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics for groups across WA 

Recfishwest have been able to deliver fishing clinics to children and families across WA for many years free of charge, thanks to our excellent partnership with Healthway promoting the SunSmart messages, whilst introducing kids and families to recreational fishing basics. Our clinics have become increasingly popular every year and recently we have not been able to accommodate some of the booking applications we received.

As a result we have been working on a new approach to our booking schedule and structure, to continue to provide as many fishing clinic opportunities to groups in the regional, rural and remote areas, as well as the many metro groups in WA.

As from July 1st 2019 Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics are run for all groups at $5 per participant. For up to a 2 hour session we have a minimum group size of 15 and a maximum group size of 30. All updated details are available in the FAQ tab (above) on this page.

If you have more questions and can’t find the answers in our FAQ section you can send us a message from the ‘enquire’ tab above, or feel free to contact the office directly by phone (08) 9246 3366 or email info@recfishwest.org.au

 

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.

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.

Luke Doherty

Luke Doherty

Luke has been a keen angler for most of his life. His Grandfather taught him the basics and gave him his first fishing rod. After moving to Western Australia, Luke took up kayak fishing and began building a name for himself within the fishing community. Luke was a participant in Recfishwests Young Future Leaders program in 2016 and has gone on to sit on committee’s and become a strong advocate for the recfishing community. Luke is passionate about the future of recreational fishing, putting his hand up to become a fishing instructor as a way of giving back to the community.

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.

Greg Harrison

Greg Harrison

Being an avid recreational angler for 66 years, and seeing online an opportunity to do Recfishwest clinics, Greg made the enquiry about volunteering. Wanting to volunteer to assist by handing on his basic fishing skills and experiences to young budding anglers so that they too could have the excitement and enthusiasm that he has while enjoying the great outdoors. Greg's previous experiences have been in beach, rock, boat and kayak fishing. Greg Started fishing in Victorian and Southern NSW competitions after joining the Victorian Sport and Game Fishing Club in 1980. This club was fishing under the ANSA banner – this approach gave him the conservation and fishing for the future beliefs which he found reflected at Recfishwest. Greg had moved to WA with his family in 1992, and went back to beach and rock fishing, this while also doing a few fishing charters. Attending his first fishing clinic in July 2017 and enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of all those who attend.

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?

Our application form for groups is available below. This includes River Ranger Groups, Fishing Clubs, Community Groups and School Holiday Groups. Please download, fill it in and send it to our fishing clinic coordinator: Alanna@recfishwest.org.au.

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis and are booked according to schedule availability, instructor availability and pending weather. Priority is given to applications which align with the Recfishwest vision and promote and share our values. Some previous clinics we’ve ran include:

  • Nearer to Nature Father’s Day Fishing Clinic
  • Alinjarra Primary School River Rangers Group
  • Hillarys Yacht Club Holiday Care Group
  • Gamex Kids Fishing Clinic Exmouth
  • Binningup Fishing Club Kids Clinic
  • Mandalay Junior Fishing Clinic
  • Bremer Bay Community Clinic

 

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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