Florida Sea Grant Extension in Collier County

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Collier County Youth Fishing Camp- Day 1

Today, I began my youth sport fishing camp for Collier County Parks and Recreation. This is the 2nd year I've done the camp for them. We meet 9AM-1PM everyday this week.  We've got an enthusiastic bunch of young anglers ranging from 8-10 years of age. Besides teaching the group basic fishing techniques (knot tying, casting,) I really try to emphasize the importance of being a conservation-minded angler. For instance, I make sure everyone knows how to use a dehooking tool before we fish for real. I addressed the benefits of using circle hooks, proper handling and release practices, and the importance of knowing and following the regulations. Of course we also did a little fishing too!! I get rods and reels donated from Fish Florida, which has alway been an excellent partner in supporting youth fishing education! Overall, fishing was a little slow today. We ended up only catching 4 or 5 bass. I think it was just too hot outside. The kids were good sports about it. Here are some pictures from today. Enjoy!

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