By Mark Gercovich
Last week I had the pleasure of being able to take the senior school children from St.Joseph’s Primary school fishing and canoeing on the Hopkins river as part of their water safety program. If the children weren’t keen and excited enough already, each of the six groups also had the opportunity to win an encouragement award of a Daiwa D- shock combo. The kids did a fantastic effort catching and releasing 149 fish over six one hour sessions. The budding anglers were excited whatever was on the end of their line, an important thing to remember if you are taking kids fishing on the upcoming school holidays. Kids enjoy catching fish and getting bites no matter what the species or size. However not all the fish we tangled with were kids size. A number of quality bream, the largest a whopping 46cm, were subdued by the excited young anglers. In fac,t on one of the days, our best 5 bream would have nudged 6kg, now what can’t I do that in a comp…Oh, that’s right no berly and no bait!! It just goes to show what you can achieve with a decent kids combo that has been correctly rigged and baited. If you are looking at getting a youngster into fishing this Christmas with a combo that will be comfortable to use and still catch fish , without breaking the budget, then have a look at the balanced D-shock combos from Daiwa.
Mark Gercovich is a school teacher who lives in the Sth West of Victoria at Warrnambool. Despite being a successful bream tournament angler (8 top 10 results from 10 ABT comps, 2nd ABT Vic AOY 2007,4TH ABT GF 2005.) he enjoys a wide variety of fishing scenarios from fishing skinny water for big trout to chasing meter plus Kings on lures and live bait. Mark is a monthly contributor to Victorian Fishing Monthly and a regular contributor to Fishing World, has also traveled extensively having fished in every state of Australia as well as Vanuatu.