2024 National Gone Fishing Day Announced

Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation

Reel in the health benefits of fishing on Sunday 13 October.

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the national peak body for recreational fishing is gearing up to celebrate national Gone Fishing Day on Sunday October 13 this year.

This annual event not only celebrates the cherished tradition of fishing but also highlights the myriad of benefits it brings to individuals and communities alike.

With this year’s theme of ‘fish for balance, get back to nature’ the entire industry is encouraging anglers across the country to spent time on the water and soak up fishing for good health and wellness.

The benefits of fishing extend far beyond the act itself, with survey results indicating that time spent outdoors fishing can have a positive impact on your health, reducing stress and anxiety while promoting mindfulness and balance. Additionally, fishing promotes physical fitness and exercise, whether it is wading through streams, hiking to remote fishing spots, or simply reeling in a big catch.

It reflects the recent results from Australian Recreational Fishing Survey that was published in Feb 2023, focusing on data collected in 2018 – 2021 which found that those who had gone fishing in the past 12 months were significantly more likely to have healthy levels of wellbeing than those who had not. The results highlighting the common sentiment that anglers valued the connection with nature and restorative aspects of fishing and were more likely to have healthy levels of wellbeing compared to those who did not fish.

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation Chair, Andrew Rowland says ‘These findings are not surprising and anyone who has spent time on the water knows this feeling all too well. It’s good for our health and good for our social connections,” he said.

“Fishing has long held a special place in the hearts of Australians, serving as a beloved pastime that connects people with nature and fosters a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. Whether it’s casting a line off a jetty, angling in a tranquil river, or heading out for an offshore adventure, fishing offers a unique opportunity to unwind, relax, and reconnect with the natural world.”

National Gone Fishing Day is an opportunity for Australians to come together, celebrate our shared love of fishing, and recognise the many benefits which this timeless tradition enriches our lives. Whether you are a seasoned angler or just dipping your toes into the world of fishing, we encourage everyone to get outdoors, cast a line, and experience the joy and wonder of fishing firsthand this October 13″

/Public Release.