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June 3, 2012

Kids Fishing Clinic is set for 29th year

Registration is Monday at Parks office

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Every child registered will receive a new Zebco Classic rod and reel, assorted fishing equipment and safety related items.

Each evening begins with casting practice where students learn proper form in handling the tools of the trade while also honing their accuracy skills.

Immediately following this practice session, everyone convenes to the spacious auditorium where a “general session” is held. It is during this time, participants and guests get the opportunity to view presentations from state and nationally recognized guest speakers. This year nationally recognized TV show host Kim Stricker of “Hook and Look” will make his second visit providing those in attendance with a captivating program.

Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to detail the highlights of our state’s fishing opportunities as well as conduct a class on fish identification.

Show stopper Scotty Lucas, our nation’s premier trick caster, will impress the crowd with his amazing casting abilities. Lucas, who resides in Tennessee, is committed to our program and has been a featured speaker since the inception of Kokomo’s Kids Clinic.

Following these general sessions, students are divided into four groups based on age where they attend two educational sessions. These classes are taught by our state’s top anglers. Nearly every topic associated with the great sport of fishing will be discussed.

For example, students will have an opportunity to learn about all types of live bait and artificial lures. Boaters safety, outdoor ethics and fundamentals of ice fishing are also covered. One class even reveals the secrets to successful fish cleaning.

Following class instruction, participants return to the auditorium for what has been appropriately titled “Happy Half-Hour.” It is during this time hundreds of door prizes are given away to those in attendance.

Culminating the five evening sessions is the highly acclaimed Graduation Tournament, which takes place July 28 from 7 a.m. to noon at our Kokomo Reservoir.

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