Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics

Recfishwest SunSmart 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 SunSmart Fishing Clinics is to introduce children and families to fishing, getting people outdoors, promoting sustainable, safe fishing practices and connecting families to the fish they catch – making them better stewards of the marine environment.

Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics are proudly funded by Healthway promoting the SunSmart message under a long-running partnership. These clinics have been running successfully for more than 20 years and have been a core avenue for delivering both Recfishwest’s and SunSmart messages to the wider community.

Content delivered at Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics focuses on who Recfishwest is to the WA community, the ‘fish today for tomorrow’ message and fishing safety. The Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide and Seek SunSmart actions and the UV awareness messages for Healthway are 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.

The clinics are ran for families all over the state from Esperance to Kununurra and everywhere in between. Our experienced instructors are passionate about what they do and combine knowledge, mentoring and positive life skills with conservation and education.

Fully booked

Thank you for your interest in our Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinic Program. We are now completely booked for the 2020/21 financial year and will no longer be accepting bookings.

Once the dates are locked in for our schedule, you’ll be able to contact the relevant fishing club or community group to see how you can book your children into a clinic. For now, please hold tight while we finalise dates with our partners.

Please note some groups have opted to run private clinics for their participants and will not be open to the general public.

New approach to clinics

Going forward, Recfishwest will be aligning our clinics with fishing clubs, tackle stores, river ranger groups and community groups aligned to our values and strategic direction rather than accepting school bookings. Schools and other groups wanting a clinic will be directed towards these community based clinics.

Our SunSmart fishing clinics are scheduled to restart in October by which time Western Australia should be at stage 6 in our COVID recovery roadmap.  Should we find ourselves in the same situation as Victoria with rising COVID cases the clinics will remain on hold.

Our supporters

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, 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.

Find out from your local fishing club if they have a clinic organised for the year and get involved in fishing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anthony Pollard

Anthony Pollard

Fishing Clinic Instructor

Anthony have been a recreational fisher for his entire life. He grew up in Northam with no fishable water around and although he couldn't fish every day he would plan trips and spend every school holiday down in Rockingham fishing off the beaches and jetties. Anthony spent hours learning everything he could from the older fishers who would spare the time to teach him. He is now volunteering with RecfishWest so he can have the chance to pass on the information that he's have gathered to younger fishers so they can enjoy the sport, correctly care for their catch and help maintain our fish stocks for the future. Anthony now frequently fish's the beaches around Perth and enjoys getting out with friends on their boats when he can. He prefers lure fishing over bait although can do both.

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.

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.

Kate Sewell

Kate Sewell

Kate was drawn into recreational fishing by her husband Ian who's involved in many of Recfishwest projects and activities. The annual family trip to assist Ian with the Bremer Bay community clinics were the first of many volunteer sessions which began her recreational fishing journey. Never afraid of giving anything a go, Kate loves wetting a line when the opportunity is there. Whether it be just a quick flick when there is a spare rod to use, or a day out on the ocean or the river chasing a bite! As a qualified trainer she enjoys making any Recfishwest fishing clinic fun and interesting for participants. Kate spent two years as Fishing Clinic Coordinator for Recfishwest and has stayed on as a volunteer instructor since the family moved away from the Perth metro area.

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