Esperance family fishing day

The Family Fish and Safety Day was held at the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club on Sunday, January 20.

A total of 60 fishers participated, with 42 juniors and 18 adults casting a line. 

The fishers caught 53 fish, with all of them being released. 

Prizes were awarded for the ugliest fish, the heaviest fish and for different species. 

Jordan Emsley was the champion angler after catching 13 fish.

Kaylem Tate was a close runner-up with a fishing haul of 12 fish.

Kaylem tied with Natalie Terry for the heaviest fish caught.

The youngest fisher at the event was four-year-old Amilee Cooper. 

South East Coast Recreational Fishing Council president and Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club member Graham Cooper said the free family event taught young fishers about fishing safety. 

“We let some life jackets off, so that was about teaching them how to set them off if you get into trouble,” he said.

“The day teaches kids to stop, look and listen and to learn what the environment is doing before they approach.

“Not to just rush down to try and catch a fish.”

Mr Cooper thanked the Deep Sea Angling Club for allowing the fishing council to host the event at their premises and Recfishwest for sponsoring the day.