YOUNG FISHERMAN: Samuel Weller with his latest catch before he released it back into BP Dam. Picture: Laura Blackmore
YOUNG FISHERMAN: Samuel Weller with his latest catch before he released it back into BP Dam. Picture: Laura Blackmore

GALLERY: Open day event gets youth hooked

FISHING: THE scorching temperatures didn’t deter keen fishermen and women from attending a fishing open day at Bjelke-Peterson Dam.

On Saturday, November 7 Kingaroy Fishing Club hosted an event to give people the opportunity to try their hand at something new.

Club President Shaun Manthey said there were three targets set out by the club as they hosted the local open day.

“The first aim of today was to get kids into fishing, even if their parents may not do it” Manthey said.

“The second one was give people who were into fishing a helpful hand and hopefully improve their chance of catching a fish when they do come out onto our local water ways.

“And the third was to promote our club and the memberships we offer,” he said.

As part of the open day, the club spilt the groups up into two clinics, one for beginners and the other for the more experienced.

“In the beginners classes did some size identifications, then some knot tying and also a magnetic game to catch fish and measure them.

“We also had some casting practice and they learned how to set up a rod.

“After this we went down to the dam and, surprisingly, caught some fish,” he said.

Queensland Sports Fishers sponsored half of the event with the local club putting forward the other half to host the open day.

Manthey said as the interest in fishing continued to strengthen, he hoped for one thing to keep the future of fishing in the South Burnett alive.

“We need it to rain pretty soon,” Manthey said.

“That’s the biggest challenge we are facing.

“The interest is only growing bigger and bigger, especially out in the rural areas.

“Having places to go fishing are limited enough and now the lack of rain.

“The good thing is the fish are still healthy,” he said.

Check out all the action from Kingaroy Fishing Club’s open day event in our gallery below.

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