26 September 2023

Little anglers get hooked on fishing

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The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is giving the State’s next generation of recreational fishers the opportunity to get hooked on fishing, with free fishing kits for kids.

The Minister for Outdoor Recreation, Sonya Kilkenny has announced that 60,000 Little Angler Kits are to be made available to grade five primary students in more than 1,900 Victorian schools later this year.

“The kits will set families up with everything they need to wet a line including a fishing rod and reel, line, tackle box, some tackle and a Kids’ Guide to Fishing that includes information and links to educational resources to learn the basics such as fishing safety, knots and rigs,” Ms Kilkenny said.

“The kits will help youngsters get active, learn about the aquatic environment and have fun in the great outdoors whether they be down the coast, on Port Phillip Bay or by a river in regional Victoria,” she said.

“The VFA is leading the roll out and has released a tender today for the supply of kits, with schools encouraged to register early interest.”

Ms Kilkenny said the Little Angler Kits complemented several other initiatives led by the VFA to encourage youngsters to connect with nature and enjoy Victoria’s waterways.

She said this included the stocking of almost 10 million fish last season, more than any other State in the country.

“We want more young people getting into fishing because we know it brings people together in the great outdoors, boosts local businesses and encourages Victorians to discover new parts of this great State,” she said.

“Offering free Little Angler Kits through schools helps the next generation of fishers reel in a hobby they can enjoy for a lifetime,” Ms Kilkenny said.

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