Flagler organization gives away free lessons and 120 fishing rods and reels.
Many local kids caught their first-ever fish at a free fishing clinic July 30 at Herschel King Park in Palm Coast.
The event was hosted by Kids 4 Reel, a new brand created by the Flagler Sportfishing Club for junior anglers.
"To see the expression on young faces as they learn to tie fishing knots, put bait on hooks, throw a cast net and then catch their first fish is priceless," said Adam Morley, club president and charter captain. "It is truly a gift that will continue to give."
The club estimated that more than 100 junior anglers took part, and that total participants, including guardians and parents, exceeded 200. The event was supported by over 40 club member volunteers.
The junior anglers learned about fishing, fish habitat, safety, conservation and ethical practices at six learning stations:
- Knot tying
- Fishing equipment and safety
- Preservation and being a good citizen
- Casting a rod
- Casting a net
- Fishing from the pier — putting all the skills together.
Then they tried out their new skills on the fishing pier, and received a graduation gift: a free rod and reel from Fish Florida.
The Kids 4 Reel Junior Angler program also offers college scholarship opportunities and sponsors local school fishing programs and fishing tournament entries.