All donations are greatly appreciated.
Please send cheques (of any amount) made to:
Introfish, PO Box 1256, Mountain Gate 3156
Thank you for taking time to view our work its a very exciting service for special needs telling a great story of how we’ve struggled over the years to develop this service, but always moving forward.
Introfish is a registered Not for profit incorporation, Victoria’s only dedicated
boat and land based fishing service for special needs, including Mental health
and Rehabilitation, working directly with carers, coordinators, therapists and parents
using various methods of fishing to work with their motor skills, including hand eye coordination
muscle and reflex movements for mental, therapeutic benefits of fishing for rehabilitation.
Over the last 4 years together with support from industry leaders in retail and manufacturing Introfish have given away over 150 rod and reel combos with tackle, support received from DAIWA fishing tackle, Regal Marine Vermont, J T Fibreglass Bayswater, Monster Fish Ferntree Gully, Horne Waders, Fishing Monthly Magazine.
A fishing trip isn’t just a fishing trip, its the way its put together, with over 30 years experience
teaching fishing and being able to provide a boat for transportation on the water to the feeding grounds.
Introfish, Pro angler, Paul Bennett leads the team with over 30 years experience in teaching fishing
including winning fishing competitions, writing for fishing internet web sites, Editorials in community news papers
promoting fishing as a healthy alternative sport for youth, mentoring juniors in fishing competitions
with winning results, first place wins in junior category’s.
It could involve drifting with a weighted soft plastic, bouncing on the bottom
or a baited fishing rod when the boat is at anchor, waiting for a snapper to bite.
Often we also berley up the surface and cast out some lines with floats to catch Gar fish
a surface feeding fish, small in size but a great fighter on a light rod and very prolific in numbers
once these fish are around the boat, the action is non stop and a lot of fun.
With an emphasis on having a fun time, we always capture plenty of smiles
the boat ride itself is an experience and a great talking point within the group.
With help from my daughter and good friend Mick the trailer was reassembled, rollers reset to suit the boat
and straight to the boat show we went, having only 2 1/2 days to get it ready, we did it
Our display was set up with the boat and a table with photos, editorials, stickers and flyers
a donation bucket in front of the boat to raise funds for a new motor.
Creating curious on lookers to enquire about what we are providing
many who passed by were careers in the special needs industry or people who were directly affected
or new someone’s child who could benefit from a boat fishing trip.
Continual praise of support, hugs and hand shakes from strangers, it was truly an emotional experience
a feeling of pride and honour to represent the fishing industry
we cannot thank the BIA, Boating Industry Association of Victoria for the opportunity to show case our service.
No trace of the boat has been found, but we would like to thank the Victorian Police
The police Media, My Mp 1377, Glenn Ridge and Phil Wall, Triple M for radio interviews
Channel 9 and 10 for their coverage and all our Face Book friends who shared posts to find our boat.