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Gone Fishing success

Whether they were masters at the sport or never picked up a rod in their life, there was something for everyone at Tenterfield's annual Gone Fishing event.

A huge numbers of participants turned out for the day marked as an event for everyone.

The event is held across the state by the Department of Primary Industries to "celebrate our love of fishing and encourage everyone to get out on the water."

After much planning, the event was re-scheduled for December 1 and it was a huge success.

Although not many fish were caught and taken home due to the water quality the day is about families getting out and having fun.

Michael Davey

Family was the focus for the day and 134 people showed up.

Ozfish Tenterfield Chapter's Michael Davey estimated around 70 per cent of the participants were children and he hopes they convinced some new, young anglers to get into the sport.

"Our day was postponed due to bad water quality and unfortunately for us we had worse conditions on Sunday due to the flood event Tenterfield had last week," Davey said.

"We had several first time fishers whom each received a brand new fishing rod thanks to the grant we gained through the recreational fishing grant.

"The water quality was very bad but the community event was a great success.

"We hold this day annually and it is well supported by the community.

"Tenterfield shire council played a vital role with making the day a great success."

People travelled from all over the northern part of the state and southern Queensland for the day.

Not as many fish were caught as originally hoped but Davey said it will still a success.

"People from as far as Dubbo and Lismore attended the day," he said.

"Although not many fish were caught and taken home due to the water quality the day is about families getting out and having fun.

"Community was the winner yesterday [Sunday].

Ongoing drought conditions have seen the water level continue to drop and some species of fish come under threat.

The Gone Fishing day also provided the opportunity for the local fishing group to relocate some to better quality water to preserve threatened species.

"Ozfish Tenterfield Chapter was able to relocate some threatened species to better water under our special native fish relocation permit," Davey said.

Photos by Melinda Campbell.

Full gallery online at tenterfieldstar.com.au

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