Welcome to Fishin’ for Freedom


The smell of the salt water, the feel of the ocean breeze blowing on your face. Sitting with a rod in your hand waiting for the bite.

Before you realise, you have dropped your guard, absorbing the relaxing environment around you and sharing with your mates.

Fishing is a non-threatening environment that allows you to escape from life’s’ day to day challenges and gives you the chance to relax, renew and refresh for the following week.


We realise how important it is to have an outlet to let go of life’s difficulties but sometimes it’s not that easy if you have no one to go with or access things you want to do.


Fishin’ for Freedom was established to provide that outlet for participants that want to go fishing but either don’t have the gear, a friend to go with or the knowhow but want to learn. We can provide people that have skills in fishing and that live and breathe fishing and that are just looking for that next reason to go.


We can facilitate fishing activities from Jetty’s, banks, fishing farms, of a beach, rivers, dams or charter.



Our fishing activities are to support:

  • People with a disability
  • ADF members (ex & current) that have acquired a physical injury or PTSD while on duty and their families.
  • Police, Fire & Ambulance staff (ex & current) that have acquired a physical injury or PTSD while on duty.


Fishin’ for Freedom’s mission statement

To enhance the quality of health & well-being for our participants by providing affordable fishing activities and events, education, support to connect with the community and friendship over a common interest, fishing.

Fishing saved my life!


At the age of 6 I went blind. As a child I didn’t realise at the time how much losing my sight would impact my life.

My sight returned after 6 months however it was devastating as I had lost my sight in my left eye permanently. While my sight did return in my right eye normal, my life was never going to be normal. I faced a lot of bullying and socially isolated because I was different. I struggled to make friends and join in with my siblings and their friends.

Over Easter and Christmas school holidays my family spent time camping on the Gold Coast, always at the same camp ground. This allowed me to become familiar with my surroundings and know where to go.

My dad introduced me to fishing around the age of 5 and from there I was hooked, lol. Every Easter and Christmas holidays, I would be down on the beach fishing. It didn’t matter what I caught, I was fishing. I had a little Wilson rod that my Dad picked up from a servo for $7 and had a little Alvey reel. I was so proud of my rod and reel.

When I felt alone, I would pick up my rod and reel, yabby pump and bucket and off I went down to the beach. Mum could watch me from the tent as we had a regular spot they always booked at the camp ground.

I didn’t get the opportunity to hang out with my sister’s. I guess I wasn’t the one they wanted to hang out with. This made me feel very isolated and at such a young age it affected me deeply and still does today.

I stood for hours on the beach casting and recasting. Pumping for yabbies and pumping more. Baiting the hook over and over again. It didn’t matter how many times I went through the routine, I loved it. Standing on the sand, screwing your feet into the sand in the salt water. Smelling the salt air and getting that bite or not. However when I got that bite and reeled it in, I was so proud of my catch. It didn’t matter what size but if it was big enough we would have it for dinner. It was usually a whiting or bream.

At the age of 12, I had to go through losing my sight again but the news this time was even worse. My right eye didn’t return to full sight. I was left with blurry vision, partial colour blindness and vision similar to tunnel vision. This happened again when I was 16 and 23. Each time my vision deteriorated and my life was getting harder to stay positive.

Throughout my childhood regardless of my vision loss, my dad kept taking me fishing both out in the boat and encouraging me to take my rod and reel down the beach to fish.

There is a lot more to my story, however I just know that fishing saved my life and without it I wouldn’t have made it!


Fishin’ for Freedom was established to support people that have stories like mine. Using fishing as an escape, for time out from life’s daily struggles, to connect with others, to assist them to overcome thoughts and feelings of depression or find a pass time to time to give them their purpose back. There are lot more reasons to fish and for every person it is different, but be sure that fishing is not all about catching fish!







Large Heavy Duty Landing Net Gaff Combo
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