Teaching Youth the Basics of Fishing

IGFA Trustee Bob Kurz and his wife Sally, an IGFA Representative, recently hosted 25 young anglers aboard the drift boat Sum Fun based out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing in Dana Point, California on May 6, 2018.

25 youth – ages 8 to 15 – from the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Indio Clubhouse learned the basics of fishing with the help of volunteers from the Dana Angling Club and Laguna Niguel Billfish Club. Once on the boat, the youth were taught how to properly handle their tackle, bait their hooks with live anchovies and cut squid, identify different fish species, measure their catch and how to properly handle and release their catches. For many of the new anglers this was their first time fishing in saltwater!

This event would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers and sponsors. We’d like to thank everyone who generously gave their time and donations! The Dana Point fishing trip was the first of several youth education fishing trips being held this year, with the overall goal of reaching more than 125 California youth with this program in 2018. The next event will take place in Long Beach on June 10, 2018. To learn more about this program or other youth fishing opportunities, please contact the IGFA’s Education Manager Lisa Morse at [email protected].