For generations of anglers, summertime meant fishing time. Grab a rod and reel and head to the nearest fishing spot. Those days need not be forgotten. The folks at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing promise that in one week they can teach your child to fish and introduce them to a lifetime of adventure.
The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, is located just north of Walsingham Park in Largo. The curriculum is geared for anglers ages 9 to 16. Classes are limited to 20 students and cost $195 a week. The instructors (one for every four students) have been trained by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"The kids learn practical skills that will last them a lifetime," said Mike Meilak, an avid angler and sixth-grade science teacher who runs the program. "They leave here being stewards of the environment."
The first session ends today, but there are eight more scheduled between now and Aug. 17. To register, go to the center's Facebook page and download an application on the "photo" page. To learn more, call (727) 365-4660.
Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors-Fitness Editor