Youngsters take the bait at Port Fairy fishing clinics

THERE were plenty of bites at a fishing clinic in Port Fairy on Saturday — and not only from the fish. 

About 90 children took part in the clinic on the banks of the Moyne River, well exceeding organisers’ expectations. 

Port Fairy Angling Club president Barry Starling said the club had expected only about 20 children would participate. 

“It was a fantastic turn-out. We were really pleased with it,” Mr Starling said. 

“We’ve run clinics before, but never on the Easter long weekend. 

“We didn’t know how many would turn up but there were people everywhere all day.” 

Mr Starling said the clinics were aimed at getting children “hooked” on the recreation and to teach them about fishing responsibly. 

“We taught them how to cast a line, bait a hook and explained how to fish responsibly — things like only taking what you can use and to put small fish back,” he said.

Mr Starling said there were plenty of bites in the water as well with flathead, mulloway, King George whiting and silver perch all being landed across the day. 

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