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Australian Fishing Championships - Kids Fishing Academy

21st October 2019

Operated by Miles Tam from Milesy’s NQ Fishing Academy alongside past and present AFC anglers, the AFC Fishing Academy will give kids who have a passion for fishing an opportunity to learn from the best.

Where: TYTO Conference and Event Centre, 73-75 Mcilwraith Street, Ingham

When: Friday 25 October 2019

Session Times:

  • Session One: 7.00am
  • Session Two: 9.00am
  • Session Three: 3.30pm
  • Session Four: 5.30pm

Work Stations:

  • Cast net throwing
  • Knot tying
  • Lures and soft plastics
  • Casting a rod
  • Fish identification and size limits
  • Tournament Boat Electronics

Recommended Age: 9-16

Cost: FREE

Food and drinks provided to participants and parents.

AFC Fishing Academy Certificate Level 1 awarded to all registered participants.


To make a booking please contact the Regional Event Coordinator via email events@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au or phone 4776 4618.

About the Team

Miles Tam

An avid fisherman since he can remember, Miles Tam has been involved in the fishing industry for many years. He has since realised that fishing is hardly recognised as a sport and wanted to provide a place to learn the sport of fishing properly and safely. As Miles explains, “The program is all about positivity, confidence and respect for one another.”

The program is unique in that it can be adapted to cater for those less skilled who are eager to learn, or for those more advanced who are eager to better their technique.

‘‘I saw kids wander into the tackle shop with their parents in tow. These kids live and breathe fishing and their parents would not even know if Shimano or Daiwa was a person or a brand name! My biggest concern was that there are kids that love soccer, rugby, tennis, squash, touch and cricket to name a few and have the option to train in the sport to better their ability and meet like-minded kids in something they love. Unfortunately fishing missed out on this. If you think about it, some of your kids best mates have come from either school or sport, right? But fishing has nowhere to go to learn and grow and meet fellow anglers who could very well be some of your best mates for life.”

Craig Griffiths and Karin De Ridder 

Craig Griffiths (Rockhampton) and Karim De Ridder (Cairns) are the reigning and back to back AFC, ABT, Rocky Barra Bounty and Barra National Champions. Currently, the most successful Barramundi anglers in Australia.

They are also the global Humminbird & Minn Kota 2019 “Pro Team of the Year”. Craig and Karim are the only Australian anglers to receive this prestigious award. Both Craig and Karim will be on hand at the AFC Kids Fishing Academy to share their insight on what it takes to be a Barramundi Champion.

Also at the AFC Kids Fishing Academy will be:

Ben Tunsted: Current AFC Barra angler and multiple Tinaroo Barra Bash Champion.

Luke Katsaros: 2018 AFC angler and winner of the 2017 Townsville Gaming Fishing Club Barra Bash Champion in Hinchinbrook, the Townsville Gaming Fishing Club Billfish Challenge. Luke is a highly regarded Barramundi tournament angler but his true love is chasing any fish in the saltwater.

About the Australian Fishing Championships 

The Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) in its 16th year is the pinnacle of tournament fishing.

Where the country’s best tournament anglers compete head to head across Hinchinbrook, Mackay, Whitsundays and the Atherton Tablelands. With the support of Holden, BCF, Battery World, Jack Link’s and Mercury Marine, the AFC is broadcasted to 450 million households across 18 countries in five languages; providing great exposure and promotion for the greatest sport in the world, fishing.

download the Kids Fishing Academy Brochure here

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