I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
For many people, fishing is a relaxing pastime where, while waiting for the fish to bite, they can contemplate life, enjoy the calm of the water, and admire all that nature has to offer. For others, it is the excitement involved in catching a fish that makes fishing such an enjoyable experience. One of the best things about the sport is that, as long as it's safe and legal to catch the fish in the area you're visiting, fishing can be done in a variety of places around Australia (and the world)- saltwater, freshwater, off the beach, in a lake or off a pier- whatever tickles your fancy.
Unlike many sports and past times, fishing knows no age boundaries. Children as young as two can spend time fishing with people as old as 100 (although they may require a little bit of help). That is why it is always pleasant to find events that cater to children who want to experience something a little bit different from the norm. Previously held at Seagull Paddock in North Geelong, the Ron Nelson Memorial Junior Fishing Clinic will this year find a new home at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University. To be held on Sunday 26 October, this event is perfect for those keen 2 to 16-year-old people in your household who enjoy a spot of fishing, and are not averse to casting a line in competition against others their own age.
The Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University has several lakes, one of which will be used for the event
From 9am until 1pm, children will be able to fish for the many trout (that have been released into the lake the previous day), and try to win a prize. The clinic, which is free to attend, is hosted by the Association of Geelong & District Angling Clubs. Entrants have to bring their own bait, rod and reel to the event, but any trout that are caught can be taken home for a tasty fry-up (or grilling). There will also be a sausage sizzle after the event to appease the appetites that are worked up while catching the fish.
Previously held in North Geelong, the clinic will have a new home this year in Waurn Ponds
This is the perfect event for the young fishing fanatic in your life- they'll be able to fish in a new environment where they would otherwise be unable to do so (Deakin University doesn't usually allow fishing from its lakes, and I'm unsure whether there are normally fish in there anyway). Best of all, it's free!