on Apr 15, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 3615

GARNER, N.C. (April 15, 2010) – Garner residents who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can now fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Garner Parks and Recreation Department.

Lake Benson, located at 975 Buffaloe Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers register at the Lake Benson boathouse from Thursday through Sunday to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participants under 16 receive a free mini-tackle box containing jigs, a small spinnerbait, hooks, bobbers, sinkers and a stringer. Anglers can use the tackle loaner identification cards at any Tackle Loaner Program site in North Carolina, but they must return the rods and reels to the original loaner site.

“We’re happy to be part of the Tackle Loaner Program, and are hopeful that many people will take advantage of the resources we have and come out to fish at Lake Benson Park,” said Stephanie Shaffer, supervisor of Lake Benson Park and White Deer Park.

The 364-acre lake contains a good fishery for bass, crappie, catfish, pumpkinseed and other sunfishes. Anglers can access the lake from rented johnboats or they can fish off the dock at no charge. Personal watercraft are not allowed. For more information about Lake Benson, contact Shaffer at (919) 661-6892 or visit www.GarnerNC.gov.

The Commission works with more than 45 Tackle Loaner Program sites throughout the state. For more information on the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program or fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

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Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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