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Catch-and-Release Fishing for Kids

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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at and
Published February 6th 2012
Roma Street Parklands is one of my favourite places to visit. My sons particularly love the huge waterfall, the misty rainforest, and the big lake at the heart of the parklands.

On some of our visits, I've noticed signs near the lake about fishing activities there, but I've never really been able to find out any details. This week I made the effort to go to the parklands website and check out their events, and suddenly those signs made more sense.

Apparently, the parklands run regular 'catch and release' fishing days at the lake for children. The lake is stocked with seven different locally native fish species, so this is a chance for kids to learn the joys of fishing without depleting the fish stock.

The next day will be held in February, and is a special 'accessible' catch-and-release activity for children with a disability.

Kids with a disability aged 7 to 16 years, and their families, are invited along for a fun, free afternoon of fishing, from noon to 4pm. Siblings are also welcome to join in, and there's a free sausage sizzle for participants. Parents or carers must stay with their child/ren at all times.

With only 25 places for each event, these fishing days get booked out quickly, though the parklands administration does take names for a wait-list. So, if you're interested, or you know a family who might be, act quickly.

I also noticed that the parklands often runs general catch-and-release fishing days during the school holidays (no dates are available yet for 2012).

I'll definitely be checking back closer to Easter to see if there's one on offer that my boys can attend.
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Why? To share the fun of fishing
When: From Saturday 25 February (12-4pm). Check parklands website for future dates.
Where: Roma St Parklands, Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane
Cost: Free
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