"Let's Go Fishing" guides for Port Phillip Bay and Western Port

Vic Government encourages families to learn more about fishing

Fisheries Victoria has released two information guides to help beginner anglers "catch a new hobby" in Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay and Western Port this spring.

Acting executive director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said the free guides complement other popular products, like the 2009 Calendar, Let’s Go Fishing cards and the Family Fishing Guide.

"These are all produced as part of the $3.2 million Go Fishing in Victoria initiative, which aims to make fishing more appealing to families," said Hurst.

"The new guides feature tips on how to catch popular species such as King George whiting, flathead and snapper, and handy hints on what bait to use, the best tides and hot spots for each species.

"Each guide contains a map which identifies nine shore-based fishing destinations in each of Western Port and Port Phillip Bay.

"They describe each destination, identify useful family amenities such as toilets, playgrounds and car parking, and even include a Melway reference to help you get there with minimum fuss."

Fisheries Victoria said the guides are printed on water-resistant paper to withstand the occasional splash in the great outdoors. The guides will be great for parents who want to get their children involved in a healthy outdoor activity, but don’t have much knowledge of fishing themselves, said the department.

Both guides are available free of charge for a limited time. To obtain one, call 136 186, contact DPI offices in the metropolitan region, or email your name and postal address to go.fishing@dpi.vic.gov.au.

Parents and children can also develop their fishing skills by attending a Family Fishing Festival at one of Victoria’s three "premier" lakes. These free festivals offer fishing instruction from experts, casting clinics, knot tying classes, cooking demonstrations from chefs, face painting, and a fishy jumping castle.

The next Festival will be at Jubilee Lake, Daylesford, on October 18, 2009.

For more information visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/gofishing or call 136 186.


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