Go Fishing and have family fun in NSW
PENCIL in December 6 for the inaugural Go Fishing NSW Day, to be run by DPI in six locations across NSW.
They're promoting fishing as a fun outdoor activity for the whole family.
The nearest official location is Coffs Harbour, where there'll be free "try fishing" sessions for beginner adults and children aged five and over every hour, free goodie bags and a casting competition.
But we can all join in and be in the draw to win one of 50 Shimano rod-and-reel combos ($350 value), just by taking a photo of you fishing in NSW on December 6 and emailing it to gofishing.nsw@ dpi.nsw.gov.au
Or take a photo of yourself collecting litter from your local fishing spot.
All emails with photos sent in to DPI will go in a lucky draw for the rod-and-reel combos.
For more information about the day and how you can get involved, phone the DPI on (02) 4424 7421.
Another ten grand
HOW good is this promotion? The fifth $10K barra has just been caught, by Darwin local Tim Trevena.
Wife Judy called it too small to bother about but then they saw the tag.
The Million Dollar Fish initiative is part of the NT Government's plan to boost visitor numbers to the Top End and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020. To date more than 38,000 people have registered.
The competition runs until February 29. Register at www.milliondollarfish. com.au
SPEAKING of billions, the latest research says that the Victorian rec fishing game is worth $7 billion annually.
A new report reveals that recreational fishing contributes a staggering $7.1 billion to the Victorian economy, with 838,000 Victorians going fishing each year.
The report, Economic Study of Recreational Fishing in Victoria, undertaken by Ernst and Young and commissioned by VRFish, also estimates that recreational fishing supports 33,967 full-time jobs across Victoria.
I've seen somewhere some results for NSW that eclipse the Vic figure, including some recent numbers that talk about the Sydney Harbour fishery alone being worth more than $4 billion.
Old 4 New
IF YOU'RE in the market for a fresh lifejacket this Christmas, why not put off the purchase until early in the New Year when the NSW Maritime Old 4 New exchange program hits local boat ramps.
It starts at Fingal on the Tweed on January 2 and ends up at Minnie Water on January 12 and you have to get there early and line up, but the prices are definitely worth it. More news closer to the dates.