Wet a line for Gone Fishing Day

GONE FISHIN': Get out of the house and drop a line this weekend.
GONE FISHIN': Get out of the house and drop a line this weekend.

Drop a line this Sunday to celebrate National Gone Fishing Day.

South Australians are encouraged to get out and take advantage of the great recreational fishing opportunities across the state this Sunday, October 18, to celebrate National Gone Fishing Day.

President of the Naracoorte Anglers Club Kevan Addicott said anglers in the South-east are blessed with excellent fishing.

"We are probably blessed that we have the Coorong our our doorstep, where a lot of people do go fishing," he said.

"Even along from the Victorian border to the Murray mouth, there are lots of places to go fishing along there, there is good fishing all the way along.

"There is good saltwater fishing all along the south-east coast, we are quite lucky really.

"There are the lakes at Robe, the Cape Jaffa Marina, and places like that, a lot of people will take the kids down there for an afternoon and get a nice fish or two."

He said freshwater fishing was basically off the table at the moment, with a majority of freshwater fishing spots over the Victorian border.

"Our fresh water scene has been basically closed down because a lot of us go to places in Western Victoria, like Edenhope or the Lake Wallace rocklands, and with the borders being closed we haven't got access to it, so as far as fresh water fishing goes, it's pretty quiet," he said.

"Those that go chasing bream or mulloway in the Glenelg River can't get there either unfortunately. When the border opens up, I can see there being an influx of anglers heading there."

If you do decide to head out, Mr Addicott warns anglers to be careful, and watch the weather and the tides.

"Just be wary of the tides and the winds, especially if you are driving down the beach, because if you end up going down the beach on an incoming tide and it's a high tide, you'll be stuck on the beach until low tide again," he said.

"Play it safe when you do go to areas where there's not a lot of people around, because there is not always phone coverage."

Don't despair if you don't catch a fish, with Mr Addicott saying fishing can be "luck of the draw" as to whether you get a bite.

"It's just luck of the draw- you can be there today and get a bag, and be in the some place tomorrow and not get a bite," he said.

"With techniques and bait, you can minimise your losses, but you can't guarantee a fish. It's just the way it is and that is the beauty of fishing - you just never know.

"That's part of fishing. Appreciating what we've got and appreciating the natural surroundings - even if the fish aren't biting, it's worth just going anyway for that.

"You can get out with the family or some friends and just enjoy where you are and what you're doing.

"It's something anyone can do - you don't have to have all the super-duper expensive gear. you can get out there with a $50 rod and reel and still catch fish."

The Naracoorte Anglers Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month and any new members are welcome, regardless of experience.

"We have a meeting once a month, and about eight to 10 competitions throughout the year for club members," he said

He said those interested in joining can drop into Aqua Steel Industries for more information.

"Even though our club isn't large by any standards, we have a good range of people and we all get on well together."

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the South Australian community has never been better placed to take advantage of this celebration

"We know fishing is central to the Australian way of life, and an estimated 277,000 South Australian men, women and children enjoy recreational fishing each year," Minister Basham said.

"Recreational fishing is not just a great hobby, it also provides significant economic and tourism benefits for our state, from tackle shops to regional accommodation, boat expenditure and tourism operators.

"I would encourage everyone to give fishing a go on Sunday. If you haven't been before, have a chat to the team at your local tackle shop for tips on the best place to go for a fun day.

"The Marshall Liberal Government is expanding recreational fishing opportunities for South Australians to get outdoors and enjoy catching a fish."

Key projects delivered include:

  • Reservoir access and fish stocking, with recreational fishing now available at Warren and South
  • Para Reservoirs near Williamstown, Bundaleer Reservoir near Spalding, Beetaloo Reservoir
  • near Laura and Myponga Reservoir on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
  • . Murray cod restocking program in which the Government committed $200,000 over two years to
  • fund Murray cod restocking in the River Murray. On 7 February 2020, 70,000 Murray cod
  • fingerlings were released at Kingston on Murray and an additional 20,000 Murray cod fingerlings
  • were released at the Pike River near Paringa. The next stocking event is due in early 2021.
  • . Establishing the Minister's Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) to develop a
  • recreational fishing strategy for the State.
  • . Supporting the establishment of important new shellfish reefs. With the biggest reef restoration
  • project, the 20-hectare Windara Reef, off Ardrossan and a new $1.2m native shellfish reef
  • project at Glenelg due to commence works in November.

For more information about recreational fishing and the rules you need to know, download the SA Recreational Fishing Guide App or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recreational_fishing