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We are celebrating Gone Fishing Day with a Licence Free Day on 15 October. 

Friday 6 October 2017

Cast a line for free on Gone Fishing Day

Western Australians can go fishing licence free on October 15 to mark the second-ever national Gone Fishing Day.

The special day will enable recreational fishers to cast a line, even if from a boat, without the need for a recreational fishing licence.

We have also delayed the start of the 2017 West Coast Bioregion demersal finfish closure by one day, to allow people to fish for special species, such as dhufish and pink snapper, on Gone Fishing Day – so the closure now commences on Monday 16 October.

Recreational fishing rules and closures still apply, including the existing closure on fishing for pink snapper in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds.

Recfishwest has provided $500 grants through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund Community Grants Program for fishing clubs and groups to run fishing workshops, information sessions, community fishing clinics and other events promoting recreational fishing.

There are plenty of events scheduled around WA for the day – so grab the family, take a mate or just take time out for yourself and enjoy a day of fishing for free.

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