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March 18, 2009

Free 'Take Me Fishing' Seminar Offers Fun for All on March 28

The “Take Me Fishing” seminar gives children a hands-on opportunity to learn how to identify nearly 20 different species of fish. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mahshie.

Volunteer David Shipe of Syracuse teaches youngsters how to cast in the “Take Me Fishing” seminar. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mahshie.

Brewerton - Gather the family and join the fun in the third annual “Take Me Fishing” seminar on Saturday, March 28. This free workshop begins at 9 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church on the corner of U.S. Route 11 and Mudmill Road in Brewerton.

“We can't help but get excited that spring is just a few weeks away, and starts with the season opener for trout,” said Mike Riordan, “Take Me Fishing” Coordinator. “This is a great time to get the family together to enjoy the outdoors and learn about fishing.”

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to identify fish, select and use fishing equipment, spool a reel, tie a fisherman's knot, choose the right bait and lures, cast a fishing pole and catch a fish.

“This year, Bob Funk from Mustad Hooks will join our roster of respected speakers and give a presentation on hooks and tackle,” said Riordan. Other presenters and topics include:

  • Michael Riordan, event organizer: Fishing Memories and Basics

  • Rob Goffredo, Gander Mountain Bass Professional: How to Catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

  • Karl Elsner: Trolling for Walleyes

  • Matthew Gristwood and Dustin Elsner: Fly-fishing for Steelhead and Other Fish

  • James Everard, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Fish Anatomy: What Makes a Fish a Fish!

  • Dan Garcia, Coast Guard Auxiliary: Boater Safety

Also new this year, will be the addition of advanced walleye, bass and steelhead classes for experienced anglers. These one-hour sessions will take place during the main forum.

“There is always something more to learn about fishing and we want to continue making the event fun and educational for our participants,” said Riordan. “Adding advanced classes for those who have attended the seminar in the past two years, helps them to keep learning and stay involved with the program.”

The seminar will continue to offer classes on the basics of fishing for beginners as part of the main forum.

In addition to the presentations and hands-on classes, participants can take part in games, live demonstrations and a casting contest. They will also have the chance to win great door prizes, including a rod and reel or a tackle box and lures. Everyone will receive a free starter set of hooks, sinkers, bobbers and jigs as well as the NYS DEC Freshwater Fishing Guide, “Getting Started: A Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing.”

“This entire event would not be possible without the generous donations and support from the congregation at Calvary Baptist Church, which provided the facilities, lunch, door prizes and volunteers,” said Riordan. “Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shop and Dick's Sporting Goods also contributed door prizes, discounts and team packets with fishing coupons. The Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery has been very helpful by bringing in several species of trout, and, together with the NYS DEC, will assist in fish identification.”

Three years ago, Riordan discovered the Anglers' Legacy, a promise to introduce another person to fishing, and took the pledge to share his knowledge and experience with others.

“It's about giving back what you've been given,” he said. “My father and grandfather taught me about fishing and I, in turn, taught my son.”

He added, “In this hi-tech world, fishing is quickly becoming a lost art. There are fewer fishermen and the sport is not passed down like it once was. There are so many people out there who would like to get started, but don't know where to begin.

“That is one of the reasons that I took the pledge and I encourage others to join the promise. There is no membership fee and the reward is the excitement of teaching another the techniques, values and appreciation of fishing. It's a great way for families to slow down and spend time together, actual face time.”

That's the mission behind the “Take Me Fishing” campaign, a community forum dedicated to promoting the benefits of fishing. Together with his wife, Wendy, and the support of the congregation, he organized their first “Take Me Fishing” seminar in 2007; and 150 people learned how to fish.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8 a.m. followed by the seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for the whole day or just an hour or two. Lunch will be provided to all participants between 12 and 1 p.m.

For details about the seminar or to register, call 668-7150.

To find out more information about the “Take Me Fishing” campaign or the Anglers' Legacy promise, visit www.anglerslegacy.org.

For current fishing conditions and upcoming events in Oswego County, call the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Office at 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.

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