KEEN TO LEARN: Wylie Featherstone, Jake Lyons, Ashley Jackson (back); Isabella Jackson and Dean Lyons (front).
KEEN TO LEARN: Wylie Featherstone, Jake Lyons, Ashley Jackson (back); Isabella Jackson and Dean Lyons (front). Matthew Purcell

Kids lured into fishing fun

YOUR sporting season's over, it's hot, you're on holidays and surrounded by watering holes and dams - what's better than a day out fishing?

It's a handy skill for any bush kid to have and a few dozen of them spent the day at Quart Pot Creek on Saturday learning the ins and outs of how it all works.

Stanthorpe's Bluewater Fishing and Restocking Club hosted the Learn to Fish day, which lured more than 30 kids down to the banks of the creek.

The concept was so attractive, some participants travelled from Clifton for the day.

"I was amazed we got that much,” Ernie Jones from the club said. "This is about the third one we've done.”

Ernie said the day had always been held down by Carnarvon Bridge.

"We would do it at the dam but it's so far from the toilets and with that many kids it's too hard so we do it there at the creek.”

Get that many children together and it's going to be tough to organise them all and stick to a schedule, but Ernie said they had impressed him.

"They were very attentive. I was amazed how polite they were at the end. They came up and all said 'thank you very much'. We gave them a certificate each.”

The club received funding in order to run the day.

"It's actually part of the Queensland Government. We get funding from Sunfish and two of the instructors we had on the day were from Queensland Amateur Fishing Clubs Association,” Ernie said.

"At the end of it we provide each child with a fishing rod, a reel and a little tackle box.

"The program tries to be pretty broad. We do introduction to fish species, habitat, conservation and the basic how to tie a knot and use of equipment.”

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