Montgomery County Sheriff's fishing program hooks kids for summer

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 4:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:06 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - It's likely that every parent will hear this at some point during the summer. "Mom and dad, I'm bored!"

Sometimes boredom can lead to too much free time and that could lead to trouble. So this year the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office started a new program to help keep kids having fun, learning something new and staying on the right track all at the same time.
"It's called 'Conservate and Educate'," said Regina Walker with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. "For the last 15 years we have had a fishing rodeo for the youth. Some of them would arrive and didn't even know how to fish. So we thought wouldn't it be neat if we had a summer class to teach kids how to fish."

So that's what they did. The two week class helps kids identify different types of fishing rods, learn how to tie a variety of knots, and most importantly how to reel one in.

"They're learning four different kinds of knots. There are guys who are pro anglers who don't know four knots."

The kids are even getting help from some true experts. The Rumbling Waters Bass Club from Autauga County is giving the lessons and they are volunteers from the YMCA, the Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department, and the Sheriff's Office.
"Parents are busy working and the kids have idle time during the day. So the kids are busy with us and they get to see law enforcement in a positive light and maybe learn some things they don't know."
The first year program is already getting so much buzz they plan to do two sessions next summer. Signups should be around the end of school time in May. You can call the Sheriff's Office when the time gets close for more information.
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