National Fishing and Boating Week, sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is now underway, highlighting the importance of recreational boating and fishing.
During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Check out the upcoming free fishing days in your state.
The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! Here are some other ways to participate.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE TAKE ME FISHING EXPERIENCE POP UP SHOP
Take Me Fishing™, an initiative of RBFF, is bringing the excitement of the sport across the nation with Off the Hook, a free pop-up fishing experience putting rods and reels in the hands of people everywhere.
Family-friendly and Instagram-ready, Off the Hook will provide visitors a fun, hands-on introduction to fishing basics led by helpful expert guides.
The attraction held its national launch in New York City, where campaign spokesperson, ESPN broadcaster and Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza stopped by to get her fish on.
"You don't need to be an athlete to enjoy the outdoors," says Mendoza, "and that's exactly what we're showing people with Off the Hook. As a mom, spending quality time on the water with my family is a simple and relaxing way to unplug. Together with Take Me Fishing, I'm hoping to show families everywhere how easy and fun it is."
Off the Hook will feature games, snacks and educational opportunities for kids to go fishing while learning about nature and conservation. Fishing gear and bait are provided. Visitors will not need a fishing license to participate, thanks to state partnerships.
Following its New York debut, Off the Hook will hit the road for its national tour, bringing the joy of fishing to different cities all summer long. The attraction will stop in the Washington, D.C. metro area Saturday, June 8, through Sunday, June 9. Additional tour details will soon be available at www.TakeMeFishing.org/OffTheHook.
"For more than 20 years we've been growing participation in fishing and boating, and Off the Hook is an exciting next chapter of our efforts to get more people out on the water," says Frank Peterson, President and CEO of RBFF. "We're intentionally bringing this attraction to cities to show fishing is an activity for everyone. From the city lakes of Minneapolis to the river piers of Manhattan, anyone can cast a line and catch a fish."
LEARN TO FISH
Watch instructional videos and read tips from pros on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs by going to this How to Fish section. https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/
GET YOUR FISH ON
Use the hashtags #FirstCatch and #GetYourFishOn and follow Take Me Fishing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
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ATTEND AN EVENT
Many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades and family festivals during National Fishing and Boating Week.
MENTOR OR TEACH SOMEONE NEW TO FISH
During National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, take someone new with you: a child, a relative, a friend.
Boating and Fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime. Here are just a few reasons why you should get out on the water and start enjoying these activities:
Connect with your Family: Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.