(June 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will host its 17th annual Teach a Kid to Fish Day at the Ocean Pines South Gate pond, next to the Sports Core pool facility, on Saturday, June 22, from 9-11 a.m.

Participants will be taught a variety of fishing techniques, such as casting, different types of lures and fish identification from members of the Ocean Pines Anglers Club and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Berlin residents Luke, Jacob, Matthew and Bella Urbanski cast their fishing lines during the Teach a Kid to Fish event at the South Gate Pond in Ocean Pines, last year.

“There’s a lot of older guys in the Anglers Club and we like to help out children with what we know, and we enjoy doing it,” Ocean Pines Anglers Club member Jack Barnes said. “Once we teach them, hopefully they’ll continue enjoying fishing. It’s a great sport because it can get you together with the family to do a little fishing or you can do it on your own. Then, when you’re good enough, you can come back in July and be in the kid’s fishing contest.”

The skills learned during this event can be implemented later in the summer during the 23rd annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest, held on July 20 at the same location from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

In addition to the Anglers Club and Department of Natural Resources, other local groups such as the Optimist Club and the Atlantic Coast Sportfishing Association are also sponsors and will provide volunteers for the event.

The Department of Natural Resources has stocked the pond with a variety of fish species. The organization’s members are also available to share information on fishing laws, such as what kind of fish can be caught and where, along with the size and quantity limitations for keepers.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the event along with parents and grandparents.

“It’s fun to watch the families get together at the edge of the pond and when they catch something, their looks would make you think it is a 20-foot shark on the line when they bring it in. They are so excited,” Barnes said. “We’re usually around the 100 range for participants when you count the parents, grandparents and kids.”

The Teach a Kid to Fish Day event is free and requires no pre-registration. Bait will be provided by the Anglers Club.

Eager, new anglers are encouraged to bring their own rod and reel, water, sunscreen and insect repellant. For those who do not have a rod and reel, a limited amount will be available.

During the event a drawing for a new rod and reel will take place as well. For more information, contact John McFalls, Ocean Pines Anglers Club board member, at 610-505-1697.

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