WPS Students reel in new rods

WARRACKNABEAL Primary School Students took the opportunity to go fishing after the angling club received a donation of fishing equipment last Friday. 

The Warracknabeal Angling Club received a grant from the Yarriambiack Shire Council, which allowed them to purchase fishing equipment for 40 individuals.

The grant was designed to help with community engagement, allowing the club to host sessions for people to participate in monthly competitions. 

Six Angling Club members registered as Fishcare Victoria Volunteers, and then delivered the ‘learn how to fish program’ in both Warracknabeal (on the Yarriambiack Creek Weir Pool) and Lake Lascelles in Hopetoun as part of the schools’ end of school activity programs.

Students enjoyed a day out in the sun, learning valuable hands on skills, some were even lucky enough to catch a fish. 

Angling Club volunteers Melissa Evans, Lorraine Pitt and Dal Wilding coordinated a group of year five and six WPS students with Teacher Ryan Fede. 

They taught the students how to tackle their line, cast and how to identify when they’ve got a bite. 

The group of 23 students tried their luck at the Warracknabeal Weir pool last Friday, but unfortunately failed to catch a fish.  

Hopetoun students headed to Lake Lascelles on Thursday 12th of December and had a few nibbles, while Warracknabeal Primary School had a successful afternoon at Lake Lascelles on December 13th.  

Year 6 student Fionn McLean caught the first fish of the day – a 5cm Redfin.  A Magnificent 51cm Eel Tail Catfish was caught by Year 6 student Eli, while an impressive 51.5cm Yellow belly was caught by Warracknabeal Primary School Principal Ben Tait

Many of the participants were simply happy casting sinkers and refining their angling techniques.