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  • Writer's pictureHannah Phillips

Cast a Line for Gone Fishing Day

Recreational fishers right around Australia are being encouraged reel in some fun with family and friends this Sunday, October 15, for national Gone Fishing Day.

Courtney had the story on the Brekkie Flow.

A recreational fishing licence will not be required anywhere in Victoria on Gone Fishing day, as a way to encourage new and experienced fishers alike to enjoy the recreational pastime. Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said newcomers to fishing will be able to try fishing at more than a dozen free events being hosted by angling clubs, schools, agencies and Landcare groups - including an event at Foletti Park Lake being hosted by Donald Angling Club from 10am-1pm. “Gone Fishing Day complements the State Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing, more often and increase participation to one million anglers by 2020,” Mr Dowling said. “Angling icon Rex Hunt will be at Mordialloc Pier with Fisheries staff on the day for the fourth VicFishKids event. There will be rods and reels for people to use, plenty of bait and expert tuition available. Everyone’s welcome no matter what their age or fishing experience.” Mr Dowling said Gone Fishing Day was a chance to escape day to day tasks, get in touch with nature and spend time with the people that matter. “Once again, the Futurefish Foundation will host ‘Mates Day on the Bay’, which helps disadvantaged people get out on Port Phillip Bay in privately owned boats to experience the thrills of fishing.” To find out more about the day and what’s on this Sunday October 15, visit

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