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Today, (Saturday, June 2, 2007), I volunteered to help at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center (JEPFEC), "Take a Kid Fishing" event. The event was a joint effort of the NCWRC and Fayetteville Parks & Recreation. Walmart donated several hundred dollars worth of fishing related door prizes.

Kids and their parents were allowed to fish six ponds which contained catfish, bass and sunfish. With the exception of the bass pond, the ponds all contained hundreds and perhaps thousands of fish. I am not aware of anyone who did not catch at least one fish. Most caught many more then that.


Over 500 adults signed in. Each adult was accompanied by one or more children. You do the math. We had a bunch of folks.


This young fellow could catch them but required my assistance in posing for the picture.


One pond recently received 75 bass, ranging from two pounds to over seven pounds. These were brood stock that are no longer productive that came from one of the nearby hatcheries. They were brought to the JEPFEC as training assistances for the Warm Water Fly Fishing Clinic which will be held on Saturday, June 9th. Because of the huge turn out for the "Take a Kid Fishing" event we opened that pond for fishing and several bass in the 4-6 pound range where caught and released.


In addition to fishing, many of the kids competed in a casting competition. Top casters won some fairly significant prizes.


Smiles, that is what it is all about.


Everyone had fun. The number one question of the day was, "When are you going to have another event like this"? The answer to that question is, Saturday, June 16th (Two weeks from now) when the NCWRC and the FP&RC will host a Fathers Day, "Take Dad Fishing" event.
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That is fantastic! I'm so glad to know there are groups passing on the love of fishing! I've tried to take my nephews but I'm gonna have to do it on a one on one basis for it to work..LOL 3 rambunctious boys 11-5-4 just too much to handle..!!!
 

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I hadn't heard this was going on this weekend. The greatest thing about the Fishing Center is building excitement for fishing for the youngsters and new anglers. I'm sorry that I missed it. Great Job Al. Thanks for posting.
 

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I wish I could have participated. Would have loved to brought my two young cousins to it. Like jeff said. Is there a long term schedule of events?
 

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For those asking what is scheduled at the JEPFEC here is all I know at this time:

JEPFEC does not have its own website yet (the other NCWRC centers which are already fully operational have own website so I assume JEPFEC will have one as soon as the new building is complete). In meantime call (910) 868-5003 to check on next event.

Watch the Fayetteville Observer sports / outdoors page on Sundays. They do a good job of listing the JEPFEC events about 1-2 weeks out.

Check NCWRC website for news releases and announcements

Next event open for general public is June 16th. (Take Dad Fishing Day) 9am - 1pm

Warm Water Fly Fishing Clinic, this coming Saturday, June 9th. 9am - 1pm. Must register to attend - still a few slots open as of yesterday - call Lake Rim Park (910) 424-6134
 

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Thanks Al. Will have to go to the website. Don't respond on the other thread I didn't see this one first.
 
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