We're back in my home town at the Jacksonville Boat Show, hosting the Hook the Future Kid's Fishing Clinic.
At the clinics, kids (and parents) learn about fishing the water column, catch and release techniques, lure selection, knot tying and much more.
Each year we are overwhelmed at the number of kids and parents that come through our clinic! This year was no different. You know there are a lot of people when the Fire Marshall keeps coming down to shift the crowd around...so many kids!
This year is even more exciting! We've teamed up with the Jacksonville University Marine Research Center, who brought in a touch tank with live creatures from our river for the kids to interact with.
Species included, flounder, mud minnows, shrimp, jellyballs, even a freshwater eel! The kids loved it!
We've been hosting the clinics for years now, it's very rewarding to have kids and parents come back to share fish stories from the past year. The clinics are about teaching kids and parents the fundamentals of fishing, but also to send a much bigger message.. reminding parents how blessed they are, to enjoy their kids, and to try to have fun the next time they're on the water!
We end each clinic with a free kids only raffle giving away a ton of gear. Salt life products are always a hit! Until next time, passing on the Salt Life one kid at a time.....