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#07-139 May 14, 2007

Over 600 participate in Goose Creek fishing event

The 2007 Goose Creek youth fishing event took place Saturday, May 5, with over 600 area residents participating in the activities.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with the city of Goose Creek hosted the event at the Goose Creek Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Complex.  Youth anglers were provided with bait, tackle and fish stringer that helped them catch species including channel catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass and eel at the lake behind the Municipal Complex.

Check dates of future youth fishing events - a slideshow of the Goose Creek event.

The Goose Creek fishing event is one in a series of youth fishing events that the DNR hosts statewideGoose Creek youth fishing event to promote hunting and fishing to area youth. All of the events have an overarching goal of teaching the fundamentals of fishing to kids, with hopes they will make the outdoor recreational activity a lifelong interest. According to Sam Chappelear, DNR Wildlife Regional Coordinator, “The Goose Creek youth fishing day was a success not only for the partnership with numerous sponsors, but also for the large number of kids from toddler to teenager that enjoyed the day of outdoor fun.”

Goose Creek Mayor Michael J. Heitzler said, “We always hoped the Municipal Center would develop into a valuable community space. Thanks to partners like the Department of Natural Resources, the citizens of Goose Creek are able to use the resource here in ways we never imagined. The Goose Creek Youth Fishing event allows families to spend quality time together and helps teach children about nature and the environment. We’re thrilled to be a part of such a positive event.”

Educational exhibits onsite supporting the youth fishing day included SC Reel Kids, DNR’s Take One Make One mentoring program, Archery in the Schools program and local bass pro Chad Angler’s fishing demonstrations.  In addition, on-site demonstrations were provided that taught kids the basics:  fish biology, casting, rigging hooks and sinkers and cleaning fish.

Prizes were awarded to all of the participating youth anglers, and included rod and reel combinations, tackle boxes, hats, t-shirts, and fishing lures.  Chappelear noted that “We could not have hosted such a successful event without an engaging community and supportive sponsors, and we look forward to the event next year.”

Special thanks to the following groups for their support of the Goose Creek Youth Fishing Event:  Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District, Home Telephone Company, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Bass Pro Shop, Alcoa, Santee Bait Distributors, Santee Cooper, Berkeley County Legislative Delegation, City of Goose Creek, S.C. Reel Kids, Pro Angler Chad Cook, Thomas Evans and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.

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