It’s Time To Change It Up

As Australia’s recreational fishing conservation charity, we are encouraging the community to get out and wet a line this Gone Fishing Day 2022. We are calling on anglers to embrace this year’s theme of #ChangeUpYourFishing and try something new as we join together to celebrate the sport that gives us all so much.  

Gone Fishing Day is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF). Now in its 6th year, Gone Fishing Day is about celebrating all that we love about fishing and what it gives to Australian communities.

Fishing is about experiences – the sense of adventure, exhilaration, and freedom that comes from being in and around Australia’s incredible array of waterways. Over time we all come to have our favourite fishing spot or technique that we return to time after time. 

However, nothing can beat the excitement that comes with new experiences. Whether it’s exploring new rivers, lakes or stretches of coast for the first time or chasing a new target species. It’s the journey to the unknown, full of anticipation, that keeps us coming back. 

For those fresh to fishing, the sense of new experience comes every time you took out your rod and tackle for those first trips. For experienced anglers, new experiences come when you challenge your routine.

Consider yourself a freshwater angler? Then try a trip to the salt. Like to target fish on fly? Consider a spin reel. Love fishing in rivers and creeks? Swap it out for a trip to the beach with the surf tackle in hand. 

Our OzFish Ambassadors are getting ready to #ChangeItUp this Gone Fishing Day.

Steve Starling –

My happiest days on the water are spent in my kayak, chasing bream or bass on light tackle. I would love to spend even more time than I already do chucking flies at trout in small streams on my wispy 3three-weight outfit! 

Michael Guest –

I spend the majority of my time in my local waters of Lake Macquarie chasing whiting and flathead with my family. I would love to spend more time on the beach, with the sand between my toes chasing the mighty Mulloway.   

Sammy Hitzke –

My favourite type of fishing would be spinning for tailor off the beach. If time and travel wasn’t an issue, I would love to spend more time in the freshwater chasing some of our native sportfish! 

Scott Hillier –

I want to do more of fly fishing in the freshwater. I grew up, and still fish off the reef for redfish, but when I find more time I will be swapping the rod for the fly and getting to a few new unexplored places.  

Al McGlashan –

I love all forms of fishing from backcountry bass to coastal kings but I absolutely love chasing big fish offshore, especially tuna and swords. I love the challenge of new styles of fishing chasing new species in new locations that I have to go through the whole learning process to master. 

Make this year the time that you challenge yourself to broaden your horizons and explore a new part of the wonderful world of fishing and waterways we have here in Australia. 

Take the kids and family or your fishing buddy, and get out this Sunday 9 October to #ChangeUpYourFishing. 

OzFish is running a range of events over this time. To see if your local Chapter is hosting an event, click here.