Teach a Kid to Fish day, June 21

(June 20, 2014) The Anglers Club will Teach a Kid to Fish on Saturday, June 21.

Got one! Bernie Zentgraf and Addie Augustin, 3, oreel in the day’s catch at The Ocean Pines Anglers Club’s annual Teach a Kid to Fish Day at the South Pond last year.

The free, annual event will be held at the South Gate Pond near the Sports Core pool from 9-11 a.m.

“Part of our Angler’s Club charter is to provide the basis for getting kids and their families interested in fishing,” said organizer Walt Boge. “It’s basically part of our mantra.”

The club will set up tables for teaching various aspects of fishing, including how to tie knots, how to cast a line, how to distinguish between different types of lures and hooks and how to handle a fish. Participants can register for a free ticket for a rod and reel drawing, and a Department of Natural Resources volunteer will be on hand to discuss fishing laws and regulations in Maryland.

Participants will also have the opportunity to get a little hands-on experience.

“When they’re all taught up we give them live bait and worms and minnows, and they can take it out to the pond to fish,” said Boge. “It’s all free, and we usually have a pretty sizable number – 80 people or more.”

No license is required to fish in the pond. Ages 4-16 are welcome.

Boge said the response has been positive.

“Everybody seems to enjoy it,” he said. “Many of our members enjoy it too; they enjoy working with the kids. You just have to look at the face of a kid who just caught his first fish – even if it’s a little one they just act so proud of what they did.

“We just want everybody to have a good time,” Boge continued. “Not only do the kids learn, but sometimes the kids and grandparents learn a thing or two as well.”

For more information, call 410-208-2855.

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