Augusta County Bass Jon’s will sponsor one FREE kids fishing derbies at WWRC Lake
Fishersville, Va. All kids ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the derbies. Families and friends are invited to
Share the day and encourage the participants!
This one fishing derby provides children an introduction to sport fishing and the responsibility of caring for our natural resources.
A short seminar on these subjects will be conducted. Guides and anglers will be available to answer fishing questions.
A fishing license is NOT required for kids fishing the derbies. Adults must have a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license to fish the lake. Bring your own rods and reels! If you don’t have one, then we will loan you one at no charge. "Please bring your bait"
All participants will be fishing from the shore or the fishing pier.
Check in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Derby begins at 9:00 a.m. A light lunch (hot dog, cold drink and bag of chips and little Debbie cake) will be provided to each registered participant at 11:30.
Families are encouraged to bring water and snacks for consumption during the derby, and lawn chairs.
Derby prizes will be awarded Biggest Bass Biggest Perch Biggest catfish Biggest Crappie .You have to be present to win the awards.
The Augusta County Bass Jon's & Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center assume no responsibility for personal safety or damage or loss equipment.
Contacts: Doug Fitzgerald 540-910-0078 or Eric Royer 540-943-8852
Directions: RT 250 from Staunton & Waynesboro toward Fishersville to Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. You can park at the parking lot at the softball field and walk to the lake.
Can use the Registration Form below by printing this page or you can register at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Lake on June 4, 2013.
As parent or guardian of above named child, I hereby certify that said child has my permission to attend and participate in the above mentioned Kid's Fishing Derby. In signing this form, I hereby waive and release all other participants, Hosts, Sponsors and all other Officials or Parties involved in the Derby from all claims and/or damage incurred in connection with this Fishing Derby. I also hereby grant the Sponsors and Co-Sponsors the unconditional right to use the name, voice and photograph likeness of the child in connection with any of their audio/video productions, articles, or press releases, but not as an endorsement.
___________________________________________ Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian
___________________________________ Signature of Child
All mailed entries must report to the sign-up table prior to fishing in order to receive a number for registering their fish . . Registration will also be at the Event in person.
Mail Registration Entries to:
Doug Fitzgerald / KID"S FISHING DERBY 1511 Jefferson Hwy
Fishersville Virgina 22939
Tips for Fishing With Kids GET KIDS HOOKED ON FISHING
12 easy tips for taking your small fry fishing Provided by Johnson Reels and Lures
HAVE FUN! Don't worry about technique and don't be concerned about catching lots of big, trophy-size fish. To a young angler, a small bluegill or crappie caught with a simple hook and bobber is a major achievement. For some children, a big fish might be scary.
KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don't make your fishing outing a big production. Kids can only take in so much information at any given time. The more complicated you make it, the more frustrated they'll get. You don't need fancy equipment. You don't need a boat; fishing from a pier, dock or shore will do just fine. Keep it simple. After all, your child just wants to spend time with you.
MAKE IT AN ADVENTURE. Like any great adventure, planning it is three-quarters the fun. Fishing is the same way. Even if the fish aren't biting, you can have fun buying a family fishing license; studying a map of where you're going; exploring the lake, stream or beach, digging for worms, making a picnic lunch, or pretending you are in search of Moby Crappie or Catfish.
USE RELIABLE EQUIPMENT. Quality fishing equipment is important to ensure that everyone has a positive, frustration-free experience.
ATTENTION SPAN. It's a fact of life. Kids have short attention spans. First off, plan ahead. Check the forecast for bad weather. Look for a spot that has easily accessible rest rooms and a nearby playground. Bring snacks, and maybe some toys. Second, don't make the mistake of forcing your child to fish for hours on end. Sometimes a child will be happy fishing for 15 minutes and then playing for an hour along the beach.
HANDLING THE FISH. If a child catches a fish, don't force him or her to take it off the hook, or to touch the fish. Do it for them. After all, imitation can often be the best teacher.
QUICK SUCCESS. With youngsters, a little success, early on, will hook them for a lifetime. So, as you plan your fishing outing, make a point to find some spots that will quickly reward you and your little one with fish. Kids don't care about size, but they do like to catch fish, even if they're little ones. So, stop by or make a quick call to a nearby bait and tackle store to learn where they're bitin'.
SAFETY FIRST. Whether it is big river or a small neighborhood pond, water needs to be respected. Show your child how to act safely around water, in a boat or on a dock. Use your fishing outings to teach and rehearse what they should do if they get in trouble with water.
LOVE THE OUTDOORS. It's never too early to show your child how to love and appreciate the outdoors. While you're fishing, take this time to observe other creatures such as birds, ducks or squirrels, and talk about simple ways to keep the outdoors beautiful, such as properly disposing fishing line or picking up candy wrappers and soda cans.
CATCH, RELEASE, PRAISE. Don't worry about catch and release. Better yet, let your child make the decision. Give him or her the opportunity to take their catch home to show friends and relatives. But do teach your child how to carefully and respectfully handle a fish for the day when they do release them. Whatever the decision, don't forget to heap on plenty of praise for learning a new skill.
CAPTURE THE MEMORIES. Whether your child sticks with fishing or not, only time will tell. But for now, what matters is capturing the memories so they have something to share with their friends, family members, and ultimately, with their kids. So take plenty of photos.
SHOW THEM YOUR BEST. Finally, fishing is an excellent opportunity to teach your kids how to be kind, caring adults. Children imitate adults they love and respect. So, show them your best and make a good impression. Taking the time to be with your children and sharing in the excitement of the outdoors will pay big dividends in years to come.
TAKE KIDS FISHING
The future of our fine sport of fishing, and probably the entire outdoors as we know it, may well rest with two actions:
? How well our generation cares for and replenishes the woods, waters, wildlife and fish. ? The values we instill in our children towards the wonders and enjoyment Nature has to offer, and the necessity to protect and preserve it.
If we eventually recognize and correct pollution of the waters, destruction of the habitat, over-harvest of the game and fishes, and the stupidity of Man-versus-Nature in his never-ending upwards spiral of 'progressing' civilization, then there may be a ray of hope with which to salvage our outdoors.
As I sit by this warm fire and reflect on memorable experiences of days gone by, some of the more enjoyable moments involved teaching children and young people how to fish. For many years, though, I was too busy with my own selfish pursuits. It wasn't until my two children began to ask to 'go fishin', daddy' that I discovered the real secret of angling success. Every fisherman should learn this secret, for it is more satisfying and more valuable than any trophy he or she will ever capture.
Teaching a child to fish is often not easy, but it usually winds up being more fun than pain. The nice thing is that youngsters are quick to learn, enthusiastic and usually very even tempered. They won't get mad, even when we adults screw up the lesson.
However, fishing is like most any other subject being presented to a child. If they show a dislike or no interest, it is extremely important not to force or pressure them. Many things that you and I, as adults, dislike today are a direct result of over-exposure at a time when we were not receptive to them. Forcing the young person to 'enjoy' something, will usually have a totally opposite result. In some cases, the love of angling may have to be 'acquired' through some later pleasurable occurrence, or simply at a future time when the interest of the child can focus in that direction.
In my opinion, the absolute best way to gain that attention of a child towards fishing is to take them on a series of short outings when conditions are comfortable. No biting Winter cold and no Summer heat. And, for goodness sake, do not make a marathon of the day, especially if the fish are not cooperating. Let the child observe, initially, while you do the fishing. Better yet, try to have your spouse along so that the child relates the experience as 'family' oriented. Continue this until he/she realizes than you are actually having fun. That will usually occur when the first fish is caught. "Mommy, I want a fishin' pole, too."
Selecting the species of fish to use for the child's initiation can be a very important task. It should be a very 'cooperative' critter, readily available, and not require any significant skill nor sophisticated equipment and baits. Along those guidelines, we would think the bluegill family would be an excellent choice for fresh-water situations. In terms of salt-water, there is no question that the speckled sea trout (also often call 'weakfish') is the dumbest fish that swims. He is extremely plentiful, of reasonable size, inhabits all the calm protected salt-water basins along the coasts, and will attack virtually any lure or bait that happens by. In addition, the fighting abilities and excellent eating qualities of the speckled trout further make him a perfect education subject. Possibly the only negative aspect of the trout is that he does have a couple of rather sharp teeth. But, then, the bluegill has sharp fins and safety is a valid part of the new angler's training program.
I suspect there is no disagreement that a push-button, spin-cast reel is the ideal starter equipment for a child. Undoubtedly, millions of today's anglers, including yours truly, were taught to cast using a ZEBCO 33. If you will remember, that may have well been your history, as well. The rod should be a medium-light action and not over five feet in length. It should be as light as possible, but also tough enough to handle some non-intended abuse. Personally, I would opt for fiberglass, in that it is not as prone to damage as graphite. This equipment make-up is very cost-effective and should withstand the rigors of 'the learning experience' well.
In general, the line size should be 8-pound test and have a normal stretch factor. 6-pound is just too light and would cause tears for the broken-off new angler. 8-pound, on the other hand, casts light lures very well and is strong enough to hold most fish within the recommended species. Of course, the stretch factor allows the line to be somewhat 'forgiving' of the new fisherman's first moments of angling excitement.
If I had my choice, I would always teach fishing using artificial lures. First, they are easy to handle and preclude the squeamishness often associated with handling the crawling or slimy food groups fish seem to have preference for. Additionally, running a redworm thorough with a steel hook does not promote the value of life to a young mind. It would seem counter to the catch-and-release philosophy we would be stressing.
If you have no children, I would urge you to very seriously consider teaching some else's kids the joys of fishing. I give you a 1000 percent guarantee that you will gain more from the experience than will the young people.
There are numerous opportunities to do this. One which is particularly satisfying is 'adopting' a local orphanage for a day, or even a weekend. Also possible are abused children shelters, Cub Scout/Brownie troops, etc. There is a bit of planning and coordination involved, but it is worth it all-right down to the last phone call for the napkins we always seem to forget!!
First, we have to locate a place to go. The best is that trout or catfish farm you heard about. You know, the one that lets people catch their own fish for a price. Let him know what's going on and you can probably work a deal with the owner. Most of the fish will be released, anyway. And, the publicity will be worth a small fortune to the business owner (you must lay on that press coverage in advance, as a selling point).
Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to get volunteers. However, once you get this thing rolling, you will have more than you ever needed. Assign tasks to each one and pay attention to safety coaches. There should be one adult for every three to four children, plus a few roving assistants to provide added help when needed.
Local businesses will usually support you with supplies, from cane poles to sack lunches to even a bus for transport. Even fishing tackle manufacturers will occasionally provide equipment items, especially if 'seconds' will do as well as first quality items. Normally all you have to do is ask.
So, if you want to generate those experiences that memories are made of, teach a child to fish. 'A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.'
Remember, kids are fishermen, too!!
AUGUSTA COUNTY BASS-JON'S OUR MISSION IS TO HAVE FUN,FISH AND SHARE the KNOWLEDGE