GREAT CATCH: Jack Bell with the catfish he caught at the Learn to Fish Day on Saturday .
GREAT CATCH: Jack Bell with the catfish he caught at the Learn to Fish Day on Saturday . Amy Kadel

Youngsters learn to wet a line at the creek

FISHING: Children from around the Granite Belt got to learn about one of Australia's favourite pastimes as they learnt to fish at the weekend.

The day was run by the Stanthorpe Bluewater Fishing and Restocking Club at Quart Pot Creek in the Lions Park.

Kids took part in a four-hour program run by John and Pam Krone from the Queensland Amateur Fishing Clubs Association, learning all the skills needed before casting a line, club treasurer Ernie Jones said.

"They've learnt the basic fundamentals of fishing, which is getting prepared, wearing a hat, sunscreen, fundamentals of how to put a hook on a line, the use of different forms of tackle,” Jones said.

"They've learnt fish identification, that there are rules governing fishing, such as sizes, bag limits, where you can fish and where you can't, whether you need a licence and they've been shown how to cast.”

The students were able to put their newly learnt fishing skills to the test, as they ended their lesson with a fish.

Many were even lucky enough to catch a catfish.

The day ended with participants all receiving a pack, including a fishing rod, reel, line and tackle box.

While numbers were down on previous years, Jones said the kids still had a great day.

"I'm amazed, their (the kids participating) attention has been held,” he said.

It wasn't just a day for the kids, Jones said, with parents encouraged to be hands on in helping their child.

"We try to get the parents to interact and they get in there with them, making sure they're picking up the technique,” he said.

Parents were also given information, including posters on the Murray Darling system, native fish and invasive fish.

"We trying to give general education to the parents as well,” Jones said.

The Stanthorpe Bluewater Fishing and Restocking Club received assurances the water was safe where they were fishing, despite the recent sewerage pipe break further down stream.

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