SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” Doug Larson
This year, do the important things in life and go fishing together with your child. Don’t know how to fish? No problem. Visit one of the many upcoming scheduled kids fishing events this spring and summer.
Kids fishing events typically take place at locations with lots of fish and high catch rates, and many events have on-site volunteers to provide assistance for those new to fishing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“Right now is the prime time to build life-lasting memories with friends and family – don’t let time get away from you,” Matt Thomas, chief of the fisheries management section, said. “Kids fishing events are a great place to begin, as there are organized volunteers that can help you and your child get a feel for fishing before trying to ‘tackle’ it on your own.”
Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend.
Kids fishing events are sponsored across the state and provide fishing assistance to both children (under age 16) and parents from knowledgeable instructors. The Wildlife Resources Division co-sponsors many events by providing channel catfish or trout to improve fishing, educational materials for participants and guidance for sponsors.
How do you find more information or local events? Visit http://georgiawildlife.com/KidsFishing. Here you will find tips on fishing with kids, recommended places to go fish with children, a “kid’s first fish certificate,” and a link to a calendar where you can find local events.
For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources.