FishIn opening weekend proves a success at Wollondilly Leisure Centre: Photos

Keen anglers reeled in hundreds of catches in Picton over the weekend.

The inaugural FishIn event attracted more than 700 people to Wollondilly Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

The centre’s outdoor swimming pool was filled with hundreds of trout for FishIn.

Children and adults of all fishing abilities were invited to drop a line.

Designated sessions were set up where families could purchase a spot for an hour of fishing.

Close to 200 fish were caught over the weekend, including four brown trout about 45cm in length.

Successful anglers were allowed to take their catch home.

Centre manager James Barnes said FishIn’s opening weekend was a great success.

He said the event attracted people from across Macarthur, Illawarra, the Southern Highlands and western Sydney.

“We had eight out of 12 sessions sold out so it went really well,” Mr Barnes said.

“It was a real family day out and it was great to see lots of kids catch their first ever fish.

“The weekend exceeded our expectations and it could become an annual event.”

FishIn was organised by local charity group Our Community Pantry, with support from the Wollondilly Leisure Centre.

The event was held to raise money for Our Community Pantry.

Mr Barnes said a fundraising tally from the opening weekend was unavailable at this stage.

The trout were sourced from a farm near Tumut and arrived via a water tanker truck last week.

A second load of 250 will be transported to the Wollondilly Leisure Centre ahead of the second and final weekend of FishIn.

Tickets are still available for FishIn on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.

Families can purchase a ticket for $20.

Participants are invited to bring along their own fishing gear, but spare reels are available if needed.

No fishing licence is required.

The one-hour sessions will start at 6am, 7.15am, 8.30am, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm.

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