I was fortunate to be present at a secret location in the north of Tasmania when the North West Fisheries Association put on a special day for five young men.

Day of Fishing

by Roger Findlay

It was the second year that members of the fishing club had been involved in this venture.

On a bright sunny morning the activity started just after 10.30am. When I arrived, the experienced anglers were briefing the boys and discussing the plan of attack. With hooks baited, the action commenced and it wasn’t long before the first fish was landed.

I was present as an observer having left my tackle at home. I figured that if I watched for long enough I would acquire the knowledge for landing a few on the following day.

Rainbow trout! Big ones, with colours sparkling in the sun. You could see them jumping not far away. With a bit of patience they would be there for the taking.

As rods bent, the concentration for landing “a beauty” became intense. Each of the five youngsters was accompanied by an able assistant from the fishing club at the ready with a landing net and lip-gripper scales. De-hooking was sometimes a problem that needed the extra experience but the major problem was that of deciding which fish to keep.

Most of these boys had fished before and didn’t need a lot of help. They were already out-fishing the club members!

Fishing and a Comedy Show

When the reporter and photographer from The Advocate arrived, the activity was coming to an end but this was only the start of the comedy show. One young man decided to leave his rod on the bank and get a morning snack. During the short time he was away, a fish took the bait and the rod out into the water some distance from the bank.

Catching a rod with another rod drew quite an audience. The video camera rolled until the task was complete. Our lucky journo was handed the catch of the day and one he will always remember.

Observing the “catch and release” ethic, each student was allowed to take home one fish. I was surprised by the maturity of those so young and the respect they showed for the fish when deciding their destiny.

The best for the day weighed-in at 2.7kg (6lb) and the most caught by an individual was seven.

I’d left by lunchtime but I was told that the members of the fishing club provided a BBQ lunch to end an activity that was so much more enjoyable than sitting in a classroom learning maths.

North West Fisheries Association

If you are considering joining a fishing club, the North West Fisheries Association has branches in Penguin, Ulverstone, Gunns Plains, Wilmot and Deloraine. The Penguin branch has 52 members and claims to be the biggest and most active branch along the north coast with members travelling from as far as Latrobe and Burnie. Meetings are held at the Penguin Fire Station on the first Monday evening of every month.

Members enjoy trout fishing, sea fishing, trips away, barbeques and socialising. They also enjoy putting something back into the community.

For further details you can contact Tony Cross (Vice President) on 0419 117 227.

Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of research (so we can publish information about your business), please contact us.

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