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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

The annual South Coast Interschool Challenge Fishing competition

Above: the Shimano super tanker stage at the event venue

Recreational fishing has and still does receive much negative press, be it assigning blame or not meeting a minority's viewpoint.

However, as an advocate for recreational fishing, the great outdoors, encouraging youth and family outdoor activities, the primary method of recreational fishing, wetting a line has many positive benefits.

Wetting a line or in other words dusting off the fishing rod and reel, tackle box, purchasing bait and heading over to the beach or river bank with little Jill or Jack provides more benefits than just fresh seafood for the dining table.

TV and computer console games have their place for recreation, but will little Jill or Jack remember their best day of television? What does TV do for building parent/child relationships?

Parents and children have an excellent opportunity this Easter school holidays to build those close bonds mentioned, enjoying time with them among the great outdoors, teaching them life skills, point out observations of the natural world and catch delicious fish for dinner. While appreciating all these benefits during the school holidays your child is representing their school too.

Several weeks after the event we visit the winning school with the local MP and Rapala representative to present the perpetual trophy to the school principal and the students who participated in the challenge securing the school’s triumphant win.

Above: Adam Martin holding the perpetual trophy

There will be plenty of media coverage as we engage the local papers, radio stations and even the local TV news to celebrate the achievement.

It is a simple yet terrific way to get the kids outside to have fun and some friendly competition between the schools as part of the SOUTH COAST MIGHTY BONANZA FISHING COMPETITION.

To register is very easy. Go to to register and find out more information. To entice your appetite further, the first 150 juniors or sub juniors registered with at least one adult receive a Bonanza kids pack which contains a Garmin fishing shirt, Shimano or Rapala hat, fishing face buff, Fishing media, stickers and more with an RRP $140.

There are thousands of dollars CASH prizes for the seniors, a truck load of fishing tackle prizes for the juniors, giveaways and some brilliant Garmin packages for the winning champions all presented at the Clyde street foreshore reserve right on the bank of the Clyde River Batemans Bay.

So don’t delay, get the whole family registered in time for this family friendly fishing competition on the 13th and 14th of April.

See you there!

Video: all you need to know and more about the South Coast Interschool Challenge Fishing competition

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