Proud dad Caine Jenkin said his daughters have had fishing rods in their hands ever since they were in a pram.
Ella-Yindi, 7, and Angel, 5, regularly fish at Lake Cathie’s lake, the Perch Hole or paddle the kayak far upstream into Cathie Creek.
“Fishing is pretty much second nature to me and they’ve loved having a go,” Caine said as he prepared the kayak on Sunday for another upstream adventure.
“We go as often as we can. They love it.
“We like going fishing in the lake because they can have a swim too. If they see me catching a fish they always come over and have a look then get me to release it, which goes against what I want to do with the fish sometimes.
“They love looking at anything that moves in and around the water.
“We read the paper together. They love seeing the pictures of people with fish they have caught. I read them Jason Isaacs’ column in the Port News.”
While Angel explored the water’s edge, Ella said she enjoys seeing all the islands in Cathie Creek and can’t wait to catch a shark one day.
“The best bait is daddy’s sinkers and fake fish [lures],” Ella said.
“Here’s my number one tip for catching good fish; you’ve got to use good line and be really quiet. Angel is sometimes noisy but when we’re fishing she isn’t too bad.”
Fishing columnist Jason Isaac was delighted to learn of Caine, Ella and Angel’s fishing adventures.
“This is what fishing is all about,” he said after hearing about his young fans.
“With all of the distractions available to kids nowadays, it’s great to see families with young children like Ella-Yindi and Angel getting out on the water and enjoying fishing on our local waterways. With the skills these young girls have already developed, no doubt they’ll be teaching us a thing or two in years to come. Great stuff Ella-Yindi and Angel, and well done to dad Caine as well for taking the time to introduce the girls into what is a fantastic pastime.”