Pull out your bucket hat, find that token fishing shirt and dust off your favourite lure, because it’s Gone Fishing Day and you’re invited! 

This Sunday is Gone Fishing Day, and it’s as wholesome as it sounds. There are events happening all over the country and the NSW Department of Primary Industries is hosting multiple free fishing events across the state, from Ballina to Mulwala (don’t worry we had to Google that one too).

Whether you’ve never cast a line before or can’t stop bragging about the size of the Flattie you nabbed last weekend, there’s something for everyone. Even the kiddies! Bring the whole fam!

Join the how-to-fish lessons, show off your skills in the casting competition and get handy tips from local fishing experts on exactly why you’re not getting any bites. 

Snappy the Crab, everyone’s favourite maritime mascot, will also be scuttling out of the rocks to give away heaps of goodies. 

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What Are The Deets?

Events at each location run from 9.00am to 3.00pm, with fishing and casting sessions happening all day long. No need to register, no fishing licence necessary, just rock up on the day! Everything is supplied and everyone is welcome. 

Events are happening on the coast, along river banks and even in the city, so make a weekend of it and road trip out somewhere you’ve never been before.

Free fishing events will be happening at;

  • Ballina, Pop Denison Park
  • Moree, Jellicoe Park
  • Lake Macquarie, Pelican Foreshore Reserve
  • Botany Bay, Dolls Point, Peter Depena Reserve
  • Huskisson, Voyager Park
  • Mulwala, Apex Park

Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

If you can’t make it to any of the events, don’t let that stop you from spending the day out on the water, lazing on the edge of a lake or sunbaking on some rocks, fishing line in hand. If you get a bite, even better!

There’s plenty of sweet spots to cast a line in and there’s more than one way to catch a fish (that’s the saying right?)

Whatever you do, just get out there and have a reel good time!


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