Fishing classes, youth fishing rodeos and Free Fishing Days will help celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week June 4-12 in South Carolina. SOME LOCAL EVENTS BEGIN MAY 14.
National Fishing and Boating Week June 4-12 aims to increase the enjoyment of fishing and boating and promoting environmental stewardship, according to BeBe Harrison, aquatic education coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Some local events begin May 14. "This celebration is all about re-connecting families in our communities through fishing and boating," Harrison said. "What better way to learn about the environment, or to enjoy wholesome family activities, than through fishing and boating."
For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week events in South Carolina, call Harrison at (803) 737-8483 in Columbia or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is the schedule of upcoming youth fishing rodeos and events in South Carolina for National Fishing and Boating Week. Call (803) 737-8483 in Columbia for registration or visit the Web site www.screelkids.com/ for more information.
May 21 - Barnwell County, Youth Fishing Rodeo. For information call (803) 734-4303.
May 21 - Kershaw County, Youth Fishing Rodeo. For information call (843) 661-4766.
May 21 - York County, Youth Fishing Rodeo, Draper WMA. For information call (803) 734-4303.
June 4 - Florence County, Youth Fishing Rodeo, Dargan Pond. For information call (843) 661-4767.
June 4 - Richland County, Youth Fishing Rodeo, Defender Industries. For information call (803) 734-4303.
June 7 - Columbia, Fishing 101 Class. 6-8 p.m., Styx Fish Hatchery. An introductory fishing class for the new angler, or for those who haven't fished in a while. Learn how to cast, tie on a hook, and land a fish. Families are welcome. Registration required. Call (803) 737-8483 in Columbia.
June 8 - Lexington, Lake Murray, Ladies on the Lake workshop, part of the South Carolina Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. For more information, call (803) 734-3885.
June 9 - Columbia, How to Pick Your Perfect Bait: Selecting the bait for the species you are after. 6-8 p.m. Learn from a "pro" how to select the perfect bait for a particular fish species. This class includes instruction in choosing live bait and artificial lures, including many types of worms and plastic baits, monofilament, hooks, sinkers, floats and more. Program is geared toward adults. Reservations required, call (803) 737-8483 in Columbia to pre-register.
June 11 - Oconee County, Youth Fishing Rodeo, Piedmont Tree Farm. For information call (864) 654-8266.
June 11 and 12 - Free Fishing Days in South Carolina. All South Carolina residents may fish for free without a license. If you want to try fishing, but don't have equipment, check out South Carolina's Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. To find the nearest Fishing Tackle Loaner Site, check the Web site www.screelkids.com/loanerprogram.htm.
National Fishing and Boating Week's mission is to raise awareness of the opportunities, benefits and values associated with fishing and boating participation and stewardship of our aquatic resources. National Fishing and Boating Week is administered by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation in partnership with the National Fishing and Boating Week Steering Committee and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. For more information visit the Internet sites www.screelkids.com and www.nationalfishingandboatingweek.org.