Charity Fishing Day good for families and good for the environment

Sunday 29th September, Caloundra Power Boat Club

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has proudly sponsored the Caloundra Power Boat Club -Fishing Club’s Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day for another year so Caloundra’s junior anglers can learn about responsible and sustainable recreational fishing.

Mr McArdle said the annual event, which is run by the dedicated volunteers of the CPBC Fishing Club, promotes a number of important values while giving families a fun day out on the water.

“Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day is about a lot more than just fishing. The Club’s aim is to foster family togetherness, exercise outdoors and connection with your local community while also teaching young and old the importance of respecting the environment,” Mr McArdle said.

“It is a phenomenal program that the men and women of the Fishing Club have created and I am all too happy to donate $1000 to help ensure this day remains free for those who attend.”

Terry Graham of CPBC Fishing Club accepts Mr McArdle’s sponsorship for this year’s Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day

Terry Graham of CPBC Fishing Club accepts Mr McArdle’s sponsorship for this year’s Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day

Terry Graham of the CPBC Fishing Club said the event has grown significantly since its inception 14 years ago.

“The Fishing Club commenced Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day in 2006 and we started off with just 35 children that year. Today, we expect over 200 coming – it’s a BIG day,” Mr Graham said.

“The goal of the day is to get the community involved in taking their children out to enjoy themselves and becoming more family oriented. But it is also about education around the environment and fishing safety.

“Fishing and the environment very much go hand-in-hand. Our club promotes: whatever you do on the water you must minimize the impact.

“We find it better to start with juniors because they really take on board what they learn and they take that information home. Parents often say - ‘My son or daughter told me I was doing the wrong thing because the Fishing Cub taught them that is the wrong thing’

“We think that’s a great outcome because the message is getting through,” Mr Graham concluded.

“Don’t forget to mark September 29th in your calendar to take your children or grandchildren fishing,” Mr McArdle said.

“Get outside for a great day with the family and help foster a deep love for the Pumicestone Passage and respect for the environment with the next generation of fishers,” Mr McArdle concluded.

Date: Sunday 29th September 2019 Location: Caloundra Power Boat Club

Registration: 7:00am–9:00am Weigh In: closes at 11.00am followed by Presentations

Cost: No entry fee. Free sausage sizzle and sample bags for the kids

Bring: Sunscreen, bait and fishing gear Major prizes: longest Whiting, Bream & Flathead

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing permitted from boat, beach or shoreline.