All donations are greatly appreciated.

Please send cheques (of any amount) made to:
Introfish, PO Box 1256, Mountain Gate 3156

PROJECT PARTNERS

Hello and welcome to Introfish

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.

Community awareness of our service is extremely important for parents of special needs, searching for natural activities in a non clinical environment.

It is our intention to draw a high visual profile to  the introfish service at community events and in editorials and at the boat ramp to promote our service and to support our sponsors, intercepting with parents of special needs kids going through rehabilitation or a child with behavioral management problems, also promoting fishing as a healthy wholesome sport for the family.

Introfish is operated by Volunteers and we do not charge for our service.

It commenced its service in 2009 after researching current service providers activities and after
attending forums on Mental health and Depression, continually reading editorials on Juvenile crime
it became quite clear to us, that more could be done to assist those service providers
and the community.
Our fishing trips have also extended to service groups who work in Occupational work therapy.

With our limited funding there have been many who have experienced
physical and mental benefits from our service.

Our primary sponsor has been the Bendigo Bank, Upper Ferntree Gully and Rowville branches
the ETU, Electrical trades union.
As our sponsorship and client base continues to grow, but with limited funding to service our trips
we have been careful to develop our service without advertising
being capable of being fully booked every week all year round.

Since our first invitation to exhibit our service in the 2014 Melbourne Boat show
we have received great interest in our service and development of our project.

Our community work also extends to promoting fishing as a healthy wholesome sport, but some family’s are doing it tough.

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.

Many Charities do wonderful work in our community and as we set the foundation in place for introfish
we invite you to share our vision as we are Victoria’s only dedicated boat fishing service provider
of fishing trips for special needs.

So, how does it work?

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.

The methods we use to catch fish, changes with the time of the year and the different species of fish
that are in season.

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.

Our fishing service is available all year

With a reduction of boat fishing trips during winter, however land based options are still an option.
Boat fishing trips on Port Phillip Bay start in October and continue to late December.
January sees our service continue on Western Port for our run of Whiting, where these fast biters
are in good numbers and fight a tough battle for a mid size but tasty fish.
As we approach the colder months we start to target the squid, another tasty table fish.

In 2014, Introfish was a late invitation to display their boat and service at the Melbourne Boat show.
Unaware of the possibility of being excepted as a late entry, our boat was in dry dock at the Patterson Marina
another great sponsor, with the trailer being stripped to the ribs with all the parts in the Galvanisers being treated.
We got a phone call at 430 pm informing us that we are in the boat show, so with Monday being a public holiday
and the boat has to be ready and in the show on Wednesday there isn’t much time to put it together.

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.

Our display was an instant hit

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.

After the 2014 boat show, the Streaker 585 was stored until August when it went for fibre glass repairs
it was over a weekend that the premises were broken into and stolen.

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.

Our loss was picked up by gentleman named Kevin who approached his marine shop supplier
explaining our situation and wanted to help us get back on our feet, after a meeting with the owners
of Marine Creations in Dandenong who expressed an interest in wanting to help us get back on our feet.
A few weeks went by then we got the call, we were approved for sponsorship by ATOMIX boats
for a brand new 18ft centre console boat and trailer, the guys at Marine Creations are putting it together
with more to follow on its progress.

I can only say that, sometimes they don’t make enough words to describe how grateful we are
for everyone’s support.

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