By Coastal Breeze News Staff
Eight members from the Marco Sportfishing Club were at Port of the Isles Marina on Saturday morning, October 15th, to help out at the Collier County Sea Grant Extension Program’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic for National Wildlife Week. FWC officers, including canine officer Jasmine, a lobster-sniffing expert, were also there to help the kids. About 60 kids from the Immokalee area were brought to the event and went through “learning stations” where they were taught about fish identification, fishing “ethics”, conservation, how to tie knots, and what needs to be in a tackle box. They even had a chance to practice casting and tried to land some plastic fish. Then it was on to the real thing off the seawall at the marina. They were given rods and reels and had plenty of shrimp to use as bait. It wasn’t long before the kids started pulling in the live ones. The resident alligator at the marina was a big hit with the kids, especially when he got caught on a chum bag hanging in the water. Many of the fish were iced down and the kids took them home to their parents for dinner as a surprise. After lunch and a boat ride, they all left with great memories and also got to take home their rods and reels so they can practice what they learned.