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Media Contact: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Ann Miller, TPWD, (512) 389-4732 or ann.miller@tpwd.texas.gov

Oct. 18, 2010

Go Fish! Events on Tap This Fall at 4 Texas State Parks

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is making it easy this fall to introduce youngsters and the young-at-heart to the joys of fishing by offering Go Fish! events at four Texas state parks.

The TPWD-sponsored learn-to-fish events will take place on Oct. 23 at both Palmetto and Lake Corpus Christi state parks; on Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 at Huntsville State Park; and on Nov. 13 at McKinney Falls State Park. All Go Fish! events last from 9 a.m. to noon.

There’s no cost to attend the Go Fish! events, no fishing licenses are needed, equipment is provided and participants might reel in a door prize made possible by Walmart’s sponsorship of the program. The events offer families and individuals an opportunity to learn the basics of fishing from an expert and put their new skills into practice. Participants learn to rig a rod and reel, to safely cast and handle their catch, and how to abide by Texas fishing rules and regulations. Participants walk away with a fishing fun pack and are entered into a drawing for door prizes.

Last year, hundreds of adults and more than 2,000 children – 200 of whom caught their first fish – attended the Go Fish! learn-to-fish events, which were formerly known as the Family Fishing Celebration.

Go Fish! events are designed to help families with children 5 and older learn how to fish together, according to Ann Miller, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Aquatic Resources coordinator. She says the events also serve in support of national research that shows fishing is one of the key gateways to involving people in a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.

For more information, visit the TPWD Web site or call (512) 389-4732.

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