In the last month, I’ve seen firsthand two futures of what Moreton Bay recreational fishing could become. The first, hopefully a bright future for Moreton Bay and the surrounding communities, I saw at a kid’s fishing day run by Virginia Nundah Fishing Club on Bribie Island.
As luck would have it, this was the same weekend that the new Moreton Bay Rail Link was opened, so the local area was swarming with media and politicians. As most of you would have seen, this included the hierarchy of all three levels of government. With this level of scrutiny on their doorstep, it was no surprise that no illegal netting went on that long weekend – none of the usual highly visible netting on the public beaches.
As a result, I was lucky enough to be a part of one of the best kid’s fishing days ever. All the kids caught fish. For a couple it was a first. Parents and grandparents watched on and madly took photos. It was a magic day with the sun out bright and clear, a very slight breeze and barely a cloud in the sky.
While the kids were catching their fish, they had all sizes of watercraft head past them out into Moreton Bay to enjoy the day. They had dolphins playing just offshore, and even skydivers landed on the beach right behind them. When we all sat down together for a sausage sizzle at lunch, there were many happy faces around the BBQ. The kids had a great fun day at the beach catching fish with their parents and grandparents. They were all making plans to go again.