Gone fishing... holiday fun for Cape kids

2012-03-07 18:03

Cape Town - Some mischievous children will be absent from Cape Town's streets during the upcoming school holidays to go fishing.

Taking the classic fishing quote to heart, officials from Table Bay Nature Reserve would show children how to fish using proper techniques and gear.

City official Elzette Krynauw said the programme came about after children in a holiday programme last year were given fishing rods.

"These kids loved it, but they didn't know what they were doing."

She said the programme would offer some theory on different types of fish, but not too much "because then it would be like homework".

"They will learn about sustainable fishing and also legal stuff, like applying for fishing permits."

About 15 children would be accepted for the programme.

Of the 14 recorded fish species in the reserve, the budding anglers were most likely to catch carp.

If lucky though, they could get a bite from a "harder" or "springer" fish.

Krynauw said applications were open to children between eight and eighteen, and it did not matter where the child came from.

The programme would run from March 26 to March 28.

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