Warruwi 'Off the Hook' fishing competition

10 March 2014
You’ve all heard of the scales of Justice? Well the Warruwi Police have come up with the scales of fish.
Warruwi 'Off the Hook'
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The ‘Off the Hook’ fishing competition was set up to encourage school attendance rates at Warruwi Primary & Secondary School.

After consultation with the School Principal and Teachers, it was decided to showcase the children who had an attendance rate exceeding 80% and reward them for their fantastic start to the 2014 school year. From this, it was hoped that other children would strive to achieve the same results and lift their school attendance.

Warruwi is a small community 300 kilometres north-east of Darwin on Goulburn Island.  As you can imagine it has a strong fishing culture.

‘Off the Hook’ is based on a similar programs run in other communities and has proved to be very effective as a reward for school attendance.

Warruwi Police began planning for this event in early February 2014, with the following sponsors participating and providing the prizes:

1/ BCF – Darwin

Donated of 10 Junior Rod and Reel Combos valued at $40.00 each

2/ Fishing and Outdoor World Darwin

Donated two large Jarvis Walker Beach Rod Combos valued at $100 each in addition to lures, fishing hooks and assorted fishing tackle as well as hats (value at approximately $400 of prizes)

3/ Ajurumu General Store

Donated Bait for the competition in addition to Sausages, Drinks, bread rolls and food items for the BBQ.

13 Children participated on the day, ranging from 3 to 13-years-old.

Prize Categories were:

1/ First Fish

Winner –11 year old Bianca Ganambarr

2/ Biggest Fish Caught

Winner – 11 year old Roberta Djorlom, who reeled in a 35 cm Red Snapper

3/ Smallest Fish

Winner – 12 year old Darrion Watson, who reeled in an 8cm tiny black reef fish

4/ Most Unusual  Fish

Winner -3 year old Shenelle Bulangarrawuy, who reeled in a 20cm rock cod (with some assistance given by fellow anglers)

Other prizes were given for:

Most Fish caught – Brando Westley

Fattest Fish – Victor Grambeau

A few other categories were chosen on the day and prizes were distributed amongst the participants. By the end of the day all participants were given a prize as a reward for all of their great work and attending school regularly and on time.

Afterwards everyone caught the school bus and Police vehicles up to the Warruwi Sports and Recreation Hall, where presentations were made by Warruwi Police Members Remote Sergeant Nick George and Constable Aaron Evans. A community sausage sizzle was undertaken for all participants, attending parents and community members.

This was a very successful and fun event with the involvement of Police, Warruwi School, parents and other valued community members who volunteered their time to attend to support the Police and assist with supervision.

A very big thank you to all sponsors for donating prizes and food for the sausage sizzle, also to all the volunteers who assisted the Warruwi Police with this venture. This is much appreciated.

Long live “Off the Hook”!