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#06-142 May 29, 2006

National Fishing, Boating Week June 3-11 to feature free classes, fishing events

Fishing classes and youth fishing events are just some of the events scheduled in South Carolina during the June 3-11 National Fishing and Boating Week celebration.

National Fishing and Boating Week events are aimed at increasing the enjoyment of fishing and boating and promoting environmental stewardship, according to BeBe Harrison, aquatic education coordinator for DNR. “This celebration is all about reconnecting families in our communities through fishing and boating,” Harrison said.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering an introductory fishing class for new anglers or those “who haven’t been in a while.” The class will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call (803) 737-8483 by May 31 to register. The class will be held at the Cohen Campbell Fisheries Center at 1528 Fish Hatchery Road in West Columbia.

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week events in South Carolina, call BeBe Harrison at (803) 737-8483 in Columbia or e-mail her at harrisonn@dnr.sc.gov.

Following is the schedule of events in South Carolina for National Fishing and Boating Week. Call (803) 737-8483 for registration.

June 3—Youth fishing events at Burrell’s Ford Rodeo in the Upstate - contact Mike Crane, (864) 638-9568. Lexington County, at the Cohen Fish Hatchery - contact Monica Carter, (803) 734-4303. Florence County, at Dargan’s Pond - contact Liz Osier, (843) 661-4767.

June 7—Fishing 101 Class in Columbia. A free introductory fishing class for those who forgot how to tie a hook on a line (or never learned). Registration required. Call (803) 737-8483 in Columbia.

June 10-11—Free Fishing Days in South Carolina. All South Carolina residents may fish for free without a license. If you want to try fishing, but don’t have equipment, check out South Carolina's Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. To find the nearest Fishing Tackle Loaner Site, check the Web site http://www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/loan/.

National Fishing and Boating Week is administered by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation in partnership with the National Fishing and Boating Week Steering Committee and DNR. For more information, log on to http://www.rbff.org/page.cfm?pageID=11.
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