Fishing Clinics News and Events
The Recfishwest SunSmart Mid West tour visiting Kalbarri, Geraldton, Dongara & Port Dension, Leeman and Jurien Bay was a fabulous success and so much fun!
Kids and families from all the local areas as well as school holiday-makers were keen to have a go. So many species of fish were caught (and released) across the eight clinics. There was of course a few blowies in every group, but there were also whiting, flounder, flathead, skippy , king wrasse, white spot rabbitfish and even a suckerfish that left it’s big black ray to take one very happy fisher kid’s line in Leeman.
We would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors, partners and locals who got on-board with us to promote these sessions. Without all their support the tour would not have been possible!
About Recfishwest Fishing Clinics
We believe that fishing enriches lives of hundreds of thousands of West Australians and forms an integral part of the WA lifestyle. The primary purpose of Recfishwest fishing clinics is to introduce children and families to fishing and to promote sustainable and safe fishing practices.
The basic structure of a Recfishwest Fishing Clinic combines the delivery of key knowledge and skills using fun group talks with demonstrations and hands-on fishing activities. Parents and guardians are expected to stay to supervise all children under 14yrs. The briefing sessions before and after the actual fishing are designed to engage participants of all skill levels and ages, and also aimed at informing and educating the supervising parents and guardians, so they may gain the confidence to take their children fishing into the future.
Our standard clinic structure involves three fundamental components;
1. Briefing session with key messages and some demonstration
2. Hands-on fishing activity at the selected location
3. Wrap-up chat, recapping key messages
Individual fishing clinics can be adapted around this basic structure so that we maximise participant experiences and enjoyment.
There are currently two main types of fishing clinics:
Recfishwest Community Fishing Clinics
These clinics arise from various club or community-run events around Western Australia which may align with the Recfishwest vision and promote and share our values.
Recfishwest Community Fishing Clinics generally stem from three areas:
- A number of regional and metropolitan community event organizers seek out Recfishwest to be a part of their plans
- Recfishwest offers our fishing clinic services to add value to a prearranged community event, or;
- Fishing clinics to support a Recfishwest arranged event. Hosts of events or planned community occasions range from fishing clubs and shire groups to tourism businesses and special interest organisations.
Content delivered at Recfishwest Community Fishing Clinics focuses on who Recfishwest is to the WA community, the ‘fish today for tomorrow’ message and fishing safety. The SunSmart message for Healthway is also an integral part of every session. Additional messages and on-ground delivery approaches may vary depending sponsors or event organisers supporting these clinics or the agreement in place for the event.
Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics
All around the metro area, these school and club group bookings, as well as the tours we do on the mid west and south coasts make up the majority of our fishing clinic sessions.
These clinics are sponsored and funded by Healthway under a great long-running agreement. The content is specifically tailored to meet the guidelines set under the sponsorship agreement with Healthway in regards to the SunSmart message, based on the benchmark of a Recfishwest fishing clinic. These types of clinics have been running successfully for 16 years and have been a core avenue for delivering both Recfishwest’s and SunSmart message to the wider community.
FAQs for Fishing Clinics
Who do you run clinics for? We run a variety of clinics for schools, special interest groups (such as River Rangers and Scouts), fishing clubs, seniors and many other community groups and/or clubs.
How long does each session run for? Clinic duration is 2 hours, but this can be tailored to meet your group needs, just ask us when you make your inquiry. We try to avoid scheduling clinics between the hours of 12pm-3pm due to heat and UV rays.
What do I need to bring? As a participant, all you need is a hat (preferably broad-brimmed), and a drink if the weather is hot. We provide all rods, gear, bait and sunscreen. (If you have your own fishing rod you can bring it if you really want to!) Plus all our instructors and volunteers have current ‘Working with Children’ (WWC) certification.
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, rig set up and a demonstration on casting. At the conclusion of the clinic, the instructors ask questions on what the participants have learnt throughout the duration of the clinic and may even hand out prizes!!
How many participants per clinic? For school clinics 30 is the maximum number of kids allowed, due to the amount of equipment and for safety reasons. We will accept larger school groups, then break down the fishing times around group size. For community based clinics generally 30 is preferred; however, if the numbers are greater we advise that people bring their own equipment.
Can I keep the fish I catch during the clinic? No, generally not. Each fishing clinic promotes the need for a conservative approach to fishing, consistent with the ‘Fish today for Tomorrow’ message. Our instructors promote the catch and release message and that all fish are released during our Recfishwest clinics.
Do I have to stay with my child for the duration of the clinic? Yes, (unless it is a school clinic and then teachers or leaders must stay in attendance). We like to actively encourage families to value this time together and spend time enjoying activities outdoors. Plus, we expect all parents and guardians to stay as supervisors for all children under 14yrs.
How much does it cost to attend a clinic? We try to keep all our sessions free; however, our budget is limited and sometimes there is a fee associated to cover our costs. When you make an inquiry we can advise you if a fee is applicable and any other details.
We run clinics for communities, clubs and special interest groups in the metro area and regional and remote areas all over WA. To find out more please contact Kate Sewell, our Fishing Clinics Coordinator at email@example.com or call the office on 9246 3366
How do I get Recfishwest to run a fishing clinic in my area or for my school? Most school clinics are run in the metro area; however, we try to offer opportunities to all schools across WA. Community clinics and fishing clinics as part of your planned event or group interests can be discussed with our Fishing Clinic Coordinator.
For all enquiries and flexible clinic delivery options, send Kate an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Experienced Instructors
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 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 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 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 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 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. Ian’s passion and knowledge has proved invaluable to the many participants attending the fishing clinics. He helps lead many of the Mid-West and Southern Tours as well as metropolitan clinics.
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 Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officer program conducting fishing clinics, helping with research and education patrols. Becky later joined the Department in 2007 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.
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. He is presently the Captain of the Angling and Sports section. 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 and has recently joined Recfishwest as a fishing clinic instructor.
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Getaway Outdoors General Manager Matt Williams said the team at Getaway Outdoors believe more kids in WA should be out fishing and experiencing our great fishing environments.
“We believe in getting more kids off the couch and into fishing,” Mr Williams said.
“By supporting Recfishwest, who campaign to ensure all West Aussies have access to great fishing, it makes sense for Getaway Outdoors to partner with them and give the kids and families of WA access to better fishing.”