on Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 4666
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
(919) 707-0187

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – In celebration of 2010 National Fishing and Boating Week, 40-plus free kids’ fishing events are being held across the state.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bayside Marina & Grill, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish, many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win a variety of fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. First prizes are two lifetime freshwater fishing licenses, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and Bayside Marina & Grill in Edenton. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 50 prizes any of which would be a perfect addition to a young angler’s tackle box. Local sponsors for many events will provide prizes and gifts to registered participants as well. 

The Commission will conduct the drawing for the 103 prizes later this month. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on the Commission’s website.

Go online to find a fishing event near you or visit the fishing page for more information on fishing in public, inland waters.