TU Kids Fish­ing Day in Cave Spring fast ap­proach­ing

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Paul Diprima

It’s that time of year again — trout time for kids.

The an­nual Trout Un­lim­ited Kids Fish­ing Day is on June 16 — just a week away — and par­ents and kids need to be ready to spend some qual­ity time to­gether in Cave Spring the Satur­day morn­ing be­fore Fa­ther’s Day.

For the last 30-plus years, kids, par­ents, aunts, un­cles and grand­par­ents from all around North­west Ge­or­gia have de­scended on Ro­later Park car­ry­ing rods, reels and as­sorted baits on that spe­cial Satur­day morn­ing with the one ob­jec­tive — let­ting the child catch some trout. Over the years our friends at the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources have sup­plied about 30,000 rain­bow trout so that chil­dren from 3 years old thru 12 would have great odds at catch­ing a fish.

We have av­er­aged about 400 kids ev­ery fish­ing day, and with nearly 1,000 trout stocked in the pond and the creek each year just for the event, the odds are fairly good that a kid will catch at least one trout. Sure, sometimes some of the chil­dren will go with­out catch­ing any­thing and some seem to have the right touch or skills and catch fish af­ter fish. What most folks do not un­der­stand is that not catch­ing fish is part of fish­ing. Whether your child has not fished be­fore or has fished just a lit­tle, it would be wise to take your child fish­ing prior to Kids Fish­ing Day.

Even if you do not have a fish­ing li­cense, to­day is free fish­ing day in Ge­or­gia, so you do not have an ex­cuse to stay away from the lo­cal pond or small lake. Take a kid fish­ing and let him or her get the skills needed to get some trout. Grab some worms or crick­ets and the kids and get some prac­tice in.

You and the child will be bet­ter an­glers with some ex­tra time at the creek, lake or pond. Help the kid with his or her casting skills, es­pe­cially ac­cu­racy. Ac­cu­racy is very im­por­tant when there are a lot of chil­dren all try­ing to cast at the same time. If you are lucky this free fish­ing day you might find some sun­fish that are will­ing to bite. This is when learn­ing when and how to set the hook is im­por­tant. Re­mem­ber that prac­tice makes per­fect.

Kids Fish­ing Day is open to all kids from 3 to 12 and there is no fee. This is the only day that fish­ing is al­lowed in the pond ex­cept for Trout Un­lim­ited’s Vet­er­ans Fish­ing Day, which is on July 21 this year.

It is very im­por­tant that the par­ents reg­is­ter the child be­fore they start fish­ing. We will be giv­ing out door prizes to the kids dur­ing each fish­ing pe­riod and they must be reg­is­tered to be el­i­gi­ble for a prize. Reg­is­ter­ing also en­ti­tles the kids to a soda and a hot dog. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 8 a.m.

Each age group will have a spe­cific time to fish in the pond with 3-4-year-olds from 9-9:30 a.m., 5-6-year-olds from 9:45-10:15 a.m., 7-9-yearolds from 10:30-11 a.m., and 10- 12- year- olds from 11:15-11:45 a.m. All of the age groups can fish the pond from noon un­til 1 p.m.

There is a limit of five fish per child in the pond, and the state en­forces an eight-fish limit for the creek. The creek may be fished at any time by the chil­dren.

Re­mem­ber that this day is for the kids and do your part to make it a great day for them. Don’t for­get the bait, the rod and reel with good line on it and a cooler with ice for the fish. Ice is the only way to as­sure that the fish will stay fresh and tasty for that night’s sup­per.

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