The Tenterfield Gone Fishing Day event, celebrated each year in October, was recently postponed due to the local bushfire and drought conditions.
It’s now on Sunday December 1, at Saddler Estate Park thanks to the support of the local community and everyone young and old are encouraged to come down and wet a line.
An angling licence will not be required during the event which has been relaxed for locals to enjoy a spot of fishing in celebration of the day.
OzFish Tenterfield Chapter President, Harry Davey is championing the event and encouraging communities to think about the future of fishing while they participate.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate fishing but equally to reflect on how we can all contribute to ensuring fishing remains our favourite pastime for future generations,” Mr Davey said.
“It could be volunteering your time to restoring fish habitat, collecting litter around your favourite fishing spot or ensuring you take away only what you need and release what you don’t.”
“Our local OzFish Chapter works on fish habitat rehabilitation projects and our members will be on hand to educate the community about fishing safely and sustainably, fish handling and why habitat is important to our future fisheries.
“The event will be much-needed relief from some difficult times experienced and every one no matter what age or skill level is encouraged to disconnect their devices, get outdoors and celebrate Gone Fishing Day.
Activities will include fishing workshops, casting competitions, free giveaways, habitat demonstrations and kids activities.
“It doesn’t matter if you fish once a week, once a year or never before, Gone Fishing Day in Tenterfield is the perfect day to wet a line and be involved and a much-needed celebration for a community that has gone through so much over the past few months.”
The event entry costs $2 and all proceeds go towards assisting with a local waterway restoration project.