West Marine, a leading retailer of supplies for the sailing, boating and fishing communities in Buford, Georgia recently held a free kids fishing clinic, Hooked on Fishing, taking place at participating stores. The clinic included four stations: good angler/fish finding techniques, casting, bait, tackle and knot tying. Those that completed all four stations won a free rod and reel.

“Encouraging the next generation of kids to explore fishing helps create lifelong anglers; we’re committed to providing the necessary resources, expertise and environment that jumpstarts that interest and fuels passion to get out on the water,” said Eric Kufel, CEO at West Marine. “Our knowledgeable crew members love to share best practices. The individual stations focus on fishing fundamentals like casting, bait, knot tying and fish finding to fully immerse kids of all ages and help them discover the joy of fishing.”

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