On Saturday, June 8th, NPAA members Karen Karch #121 and Greg Karch #138 traveled to Camp 7 Lake located in Manistique, Michigan to help with the 28th Kids Fishing day. Camp 7 Lake is located in the Hiawatha National Forest and the host was the US Forest Service which had many employee’s and retires that helped at the event. Over three hundred youth attended Kids Fishing Day, which was held on a beautiful sunny day. The National Professional Anglers Association and Learn 2 Fish With Us hosted a fishing educational area at the event which educated youth on fish identification, safety while fishing, knot tying, casting and live bait. At the casting station youth learned how to cast safely and accurately and when they had a good cast, they would catch a Backyard Bass. At the knot typing station youth and adults learned how to tie a Palomar and Clinch knot. You should have seen all the smiles when they tied the knot. This year we added live bait to our fishing educational booth and it was a huge success. The live bait included big sucker minnows, large fatheads, rosy reds, night crawlers and of course leeches. They were so excited to see them and hold them!! Other stations at the event were a trout pond where kids could catch trout, Aquatic Invasive Species, casting contest, fly casting and more!! The NPAA and Learn 2 Fish With Us appreciated the volunteers that were provided to us by the U.S. Forest Service. Thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association for providing fishing combos and a couple hundred NPAA Future Pro shirts. Many of the youth asked Captain Greg to sign their shirts.
Greg would like thank his and Learn 2 Fish With Us sponsor’s which include: Shakespeare, Thrivent Financial, National Professional Anglers Association, Writing By Design, James & Rosanne Keller Family Foundation, Mercury Marine, Triton Boats, Badger Sportsman, The Boat Doc, BassPro, Battle On Bago, Berkley, Dave’s Musky Club, Off Shore Tackle Company, Northland Tackle, TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, Maui Jim, Mad Wraps, National Professional Anglers Association and The Reel Shot.