Presently S.Q.A.F.C.A. Junior competition is between the age of 8 years to 17 years. This also applies to Q.A.F.C.A. competitions. At the moment all clubs are experiencing a decline in juniors. We attribute this to computer games, the internet and social networking etc. It appears kids today don't want to experience lifes big adventures and outdoor activities that the real world offers.
When I was 12 years old, I joined the Redcliffe City Fishing Club with my father. I remember dad and I didn't catch many fish on the first trip because we had the wrong gear, but on the second trip I caught 22 whiting and dad caught 28 whiting. Mum was happy to finally get some fish fillets in the freezer and dad giving me some quality father and son time. I fished with dad on most boat trips but also had the privilege to fish with some of the best fisherman in the country on beach trips.
Looking back, Junior Club Fishing was the best part of my teenage life. I did the same thing with both my sons and joined them up in the club and taught them to fish. They have also won many club trips and competitions including the S.Q.A.F.C.A. Surf titles. It's been 35 years since I joined the Redcliffe City Fishing Club and I am now Social chairman of the club. I am also the Publicity Officer of S.Q.A.F.C.A. and S.Q.A.F.C.A. delegate to Q.A.F.C.A. This proves that Junior fishing is the future of club fishing.