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Kid’s Fishing Day Hooks Area Youth On The Outdoors

For the past three decades the West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s charitable affiliate, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation (PBCFF), has been introducing area youth to fishing through its Kid’s Fishing Day program. It’s more than just a day on the water, it’s a first-time offshore adventure for many of the kids involved. The PBCFF’s 35th annual program ran for 6 days earlier this summer with more than 200 kids participating and well over 14,000 since its inception.

Kid’s Fishing Day targets children throughout Palm Beach County who don’t normally have the opportunity or means to experience saltwater fishing aboard a big boat. It’s hard to understand the importance of the unique marine environment without getting out on the water. Sea turtles, flying fish, sharks and other sea life were a sight to see for the wide-eyed young participants. Sardines and fresh cut squid produced yellowtail snapper, trigger fish, muttons and other species for the kids to wind on while drift fishing; some were even lucky enough to catch their first fish. Kid’s Fishing Day continues to broaden children’s horizons as they experience what makes Palm Beach County so special. Not only do participants walk away with fishing know-how and a new rod & reel combo, they hopefully also leave more invested in our saltwater resources.

This is truly a community program and a special thank you goes out to the presenting sponsor, The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, and of course the many businesses and individuals who supported this heartwarming event. A special acknowledgement also goes out to the dedicated volunteers who gave up their time to help with this meaningful cause and the crews on the Living On Island Time and Miss Blue Heron for taking the kids offshore on an adventure they’re surely not to forget. There’s something special about taking kids fishing.

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