Fish Wise Kids Learn Sustainability on Our Waterways
By Rhonda Valentine Dixon
“They say if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life and I’m lucky enough to have that job”, said Sam Beckman, founder and owner of 2 Bent Rods.
As a child, Sam wanted to be a fisherwoman when she grew up. “I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember. I was always going fishing with Dad when I was little”, she said.
In 2004, when Sam was a parent herself, a Beckman family fishing outing attracted a dozen or so other children intrigued with what was happening and eager to be part of it. That prompted Sam and husband Jeremy to start 2 Bent Rods, a fishing school that would not only instruct kids how to fish, but it would also teach an appreciation for the environment and sustainability for the waterways, fishing rules, dangerous beach creatures, sun protection and more.
In addition to a variety of courses, clinics and parties, 2 Bent Rods has presented at boating, fishing and caravanning expositions.
“There are plans to participate in future community events and we are also including autistic children in our classes,” said Sam.
“To see their reaction when they walk on the beach barefoot, hold a rod or touch a yabby – it’s priceless. We get great enjoyment and feel proud when the children accomplish the activities.”
In association with local councils, 2 Bent Rods promotes activities for the very young to the young at heart. As part of their Active and Healthy Lifestyle programme, the councils offer ‘GOLD ‘n kids’ (Growing Old Living Dangerously) fishing classes for children and their grandparents to enjoy together.
2 Bent Rods is hosting the next free Fish Wise for BCC Gold ‘n Kids at Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe on April 15. Learn to catch bait, tie knots, bait hooks, cast a rod and much more. This clinic is for kids from age four. All fishing equipment is supplied, and bookings are essential.
The first School Holiday Fishing Lesson will be at the same location on April 7.
To book, ‘phone Sam on 0403 713 820
First published in Sandgate Guide May 2019
Sandgate Guide published by Dominic Alberth