Owner of the Lilydale Lakes Fishing Tackle shop, Russell, was asked how much a beginner could expect to pay to get started. "$50-00 would get you a rod, reel and line." At the other end of the scale, you could pay several hundred dollars for a top end rod and reel. At that price, you would be fishing fanatic, not a food provider.
Before you cast your newly acquired line into the water, be it river, lake or sea, you will need a Victorian fishing licence. That will cost you $37-20 for one year. If you are under 18 or over 60, with a health care card you won't need a licence.
There are many different types of fishing. Fly fishing is mainly a sport, where you catch a trout in a shallow stream, then throw it back. Fly fishing is Russell's passion and most years he tries to spend a couple of weeks in Tasmania participating in the art.
Russell has been selling fishing tackle and offering fishing advice in Lilydale for 38 years. If your intended meal wins and damages your rod, he can repair it for you. You can even buy a hook, line and sinker and any other conceivable fishing accessory.