This is my photo submission for the GreenFish and Outdoor Blogger Network Photo Contest.
The subject of this "photo prompt" is to illustrate my view on sustainable fishing. I have 4 categories I'd like to address, each in a separate entry.
The fourth category illustrating sustainable fishing is GETTING KIDS INVOLVED WITH FISHING.
Kids are the future stewards of our natural resources. If kids don't learn to appreciate and enjoy fishing (and the outdoors in general), they will have little desire to protect and care for these resources as adults.
We all need to get kids involved with the Outdoors as much as possible.
I have been involved with "Take A Kid Fishing", and have taken kids fishing that had not fished in several years, if ever.
I have been involved in "Learn-a-Palooza", where our Central Iowa Anglers fishing club has been invited to give "casting instruction" to kids. This was alwasy the most popular display/activity at the event!
I've been involved with Kids Fishing Day at a local city pond. Here, again, we set up casting stations, and this was very popular with the kids.
Along with Central Iowa Anglers, I have participated in an annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters fishing event, where our Members take "Big" and "Little" pairs out in our boats on a local lake and let them catch fish for an afternoon. Most of these kids have never had an opportunity to go out fishing in a boat. Everybody loves this event!
We've done a similar annual event with the "Lakewood Association", where we take residents of a development centered around a private lake out in our boats for a "fishing tournament". The kids have a ball, and get more excited each year we do this!
Here's some pictures of some of the casting events:
Here's some pictures from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters events...these are the pairs I took out fishing. We always caught fish!