Gone Fishing Day is on Saturday and Sunday

HORSHAM Angling Club is gearing up to host the annual Gone Fishing Day at the weekend.

The day is celebrated country wide by angling clubs in every state. 

It is a two-day event with a ‘design your own lure’ competition on Saturday at the Horsham Soundshell from 10am to noon and a fishing competition at the Police Paddock on Sunday from 9am to 1pm. 

The event is free to attend and there will be soft drink and a barbecue provided. 

Club committee member and organising Shane Shields said people would have the chance to paint their own lure. 

“It’s something the professionals do, they design their own lure and then know who caught what fish,” he said. 

Gone Fishing Day is part of the state government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing. 

The plan aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020. 

Shields said the day was to try to get young children out, fishing and having a good time.  “There is no fishing license needed,” he said. 

“In the fishing competition on Sunday it will be the biggest fish caught wins for both juniors and seniors.

“It’s just for fun. It’s a chance for people to come and do something different.” 

There are prizes for winners but Shields said he wasn’t sure what they would be yet. 

“For juniors it will probably be fishing rods and for seniors it will most likely be fishing gear,” he said. 

Shields said fishing was a great way to get outside and enjoy the country life. 

“I do it with my kids and they love it, you can do it any time of the year,” he said. 

“Everyone get down there, it will be a great social environment.”