On Friday, 9 October 2015, a group of dads and kids enjoyed a fantastic day out on a fishing expedition organised by Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC) in support of The Fathering Project.
At 7.30 a.m., 15 very excited children, together with their dads, set sail on FSC’s 55ft open deck cray fishing style vessel – Success – to enjoy a day of fishing. For some of the children, it was their first time on a boat!
The weather was beautiful with a forecast top of 34 degrees. Everyone was psyched up and eager to get out the fishing tackle and see what they could catch. Fathers were helping the kids; advice were given from one to another; and the children really enjoyed the chance to spend time with dad, pick up some new skills, and experience the thrill of catching their first fish.
The group caught a variety of fish, including skippy, whiting, flathead, bream and squid. The catch of the day was a big King George whiting.
The boat returned to shore in time for a celebratory barbeque lunch. Family and friends joined in the fun and congratulated the children and their dads on their catch.
Derek Barlow, a volunteer of The Fathering Project, said: “The day was a huge success with smiles all around the whole time!” Our thanks go to Derek and the team at the Fremantle Sailing Club for organising this fantastic event for us.
Feedback on this event has been fantastic from everyone. The dads who participated have asked for more events like these to be held, and also to have events that cater to families and daughters.
We hope to be able to organise more fishing expeditions with Fremantle Sailing Club during school holidays.