Fishing derby teaches kids more than just angling

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The Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, area businesses, community organizations, government agencies and interested individuals hope to snag local youth hook, line and sinker.

The chamber, in partnership with the Socorro Bass Club and others, are sponsoring the 2012 Community Youth Fishing Derby this Saturday at Escondida Lake. The event begins with registration from 7 to 8 a.m. and goes on all day.

The chamber’s executive director, Terry Tadano, said the annual derby has three main goals:

  • to teach youth about fishing techniques, ethics and sportsmanship;
  • to provide a safe, fun and positive activity for youth they can enjoy the rest of their lives;
  • to provide a recreational activity for youth and their families to spend with responsible adults.

Registered youth, ages 3 to 18, will receive a free jar of power bait, be served lunch and have the opportunity to win raffle prizes. In addition, a grand prize — a mountain bike donated by Ernest and Ernestine Silva — will be awarded to the angler who catches the longest fish.

While there are no requirements for younger participants, kids age 12-17 must have a valid New Mexico fishing license that costs $5.00 and pay a $1.00 fee.

The contest begins promptly at 8 a.m. and continues until noon, after which adults may wet their own lines. Lunch, provided by Socorro General Hospital, Smith’s grocery store and Socorro’s DAV chapter, will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults will need to pay for their lunch and coffee, with proceeds going to next year’s derby prizes.

The raffle and prize presentation takes place after lunch. Participants can also have their photos taken with their fish at 12:45 p.m.

 


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