May 23, 2008
Over 450 participate in Goose Creek youth fishing event
The 2008 Goose Creek youth fishing event took place Saturday, May 17th with over 450 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 and largemouth bass at the pond behind the municipal complex.
The Goose Creek fishing event is one in a series of youth fishing events that the DNR hosts statewide 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 again this year thanks to the partners that have helped us with this outreach event. These types of events provide us with an opportunity to teach the basics of outdoor recreation, including fishing, archery and hunting to youth in our area. We hope the kids will nurture these skills and values and continue to find ways to protect and conserve our natural resources."
Goose Creek Mayor Michael J. Heitzler said, “We’re so pleased that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources continues to bring this fantastic event to Goose Creek each year. Fishing is an activity that brings families together to enjoy nature. We’re thrilled to be able to host this event for our both Goose Creek residents and our low country neighbors.”
Educational exhibits onsite supporting the youth fishing day included SC Reel Kids, DNR's Take One Make One mentoring program and hunting simulator, Archery in the Schools program, as well a pelts and skulls display. In addition, on-site demonstrations were provided that taught kids the basics: casting, rigging hooks and sinkers and cleaning fish.
Prizes and gift packets were awarded to all of the participating youth anglers, and included rod and reel combinations, tackle boxes, water bottles, fish stringers and fishing lures. Through random drawing, one lucky youth angler was awarded a lifetime hunting and fishing license valued at $400, thanks to a donation by the S.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association.
DNR is appreciative of the support for the 2008 Goose Creek Youth Fishing Event, including sponsors: Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District, Home Telephone Company, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Bass Pro Shop, Alcoa, Santee Bait Distributors, Berkeley County Legislative Delegation, City of Goose Creek, S.C. Reel Kids, Pro Angler Chad Cook, Thomas Evans, S.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.
DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.