BLANCO, Texas – Youngsters who have wanted to learn how to fish got the chance this summer to learn the “how tos” from fishing experts and practice their new fishing skills at Blanco State Park. Forty-two children earned their Texas Parks and Wildlife “Junior Angler” award this summer at four “Learn to Fish Family Fishing Days” hosted by Blanco State Park.
The children spent the mornings working their way through stations to learn how to tie on their own hook, how to identify local fish and good fish habitat, casting, and how to do it all safely. Statewide in 2007, more than 1,500 youth and adults participated in Free Fishing events at 11 state parks.
The park also hosted two “Full Moon Fish” events this summer. These events gave the fifty participants, of all ages, a chance to try out night fishing along the bank. Night fishing is a great opportunity to beat the Texas summer heat and have some exciting fishing. Rods, reels, hooks and bait were all provided and fishing experts were on hand to help with anything needed. Several families and children caught their first fish at these events.
Blanco State Park’s events are just some of the dozens of such events taking place this year in Texas state parks as part of TPWD’s Free Fishing in State Parks initiative that celebrates its fifth year. In addition to family-oriented events that teach basic and advanced fishing skills, fishing license and stamp requirements have been waived at more than 50 state parks, including Blanco State Park.
The license-free angling applies only to fishing inside a state park from the bank, a pier or from a boat if done in a body of water totally contained within the boundaries of a state park. State park entry fees, however, still apply.
Blanco State Park was one of 14 Texas State Parks hosting free fishing events this year to give families and others another way to enjoy the great outdoors and to learn about the importance of aquatic stewardship and the role they can play in sustaining a healthy fisheries resource. Super S in Blanco generously supplied snacks and drinks for all the children and families who came to the fishing events. Local fishermen Vic Hinze and James Partain helped beginners catch their first fish, Sandy Bennett got everyone registered and handed out prizes and Peggy Belk and the park’s summer intern, Josh Tidwell, taught casting and fish identification, respectively.
For more infoabout Blanco State Park’s fishing events, please call event coordinator Mary Alice Partain;833-4333.