More than 35 free, family oriented fishing events get under way this weekend, as part of 2011 National Fishing and Boating Week.
Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited, 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 more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited.
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 100 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 in late June. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on the Commission's website, www.ncwildlife.org.
Find a fishing event near you or visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing for more information on fishing in public, inland waters.
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
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.