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"If we don't take kids fishing our sport has no future. If you have kids or grandkids, take them fishing. Expand that to nieces, nephews, friends' kids and even volunteer your time with kids groups. You will benefit from the experience and the kids will love it."


  Many organizations have programs to help get kids started fishing. It is important for the sport, it is important for the future of fishing, it is important for parents, but it is most important for the kids.  

  You can get good information on the net about organizations that can help get kids to start fishing. Contests are popular ways to get kids into fishing and there are several. Casting Kids is a casting contest sponsored by BASS, Zebco and others and they are held by bass clubs throughout the nation and also at BASS tournaments.  The national champion is invited to the BASS Master's Classic.

  Zebco, along with Wal-Mart has an annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby "Big Fish" Contest, which is a nationwide contest kids can enter to win prizes and recognition.

  Project F.I.S.H. is a mentor based sportfishing education program administrated through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. They have trained 200 adult mentors and worked with nearly 12,000 kids!

  Young Ethical Anglers - YEA - has several programs to get kids involved in fishing rather than activities that are dangerous to them.

  Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs is Zebco's effort to reach kids. Although they try to sell things along with training kids, they do make a good effort on this and Casting Kids.  

 If you have kids you want to get started fishing or if you are willing to help get kids started fishing, check out these sites and join the effort to save the kids!

Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs

Kids All-American Fishing Derby

Casting Kids

Project F.I.S.H.

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