HOFFMAN – There’s something special about casting a fishing line into a lake and watching the water ripple waiting to hook the next big fish. And luckily for Richmond County’s youth, that opportunity is just around the corner.
Richmond County Ducks Unlimited, located in Rockingham, is sponsoring its Greenwing Fishing Derby on Sept. 23, 2017, at McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery in Hoffman.
Gary Weyant, who is a RCDU member and the derby’s organizer, has a love for the sport and wants to cast his passion onto the next generation.
“Last year, we had 117 youth participate,” Weyant said. “But this year, we want to have a bigger success. We are shooting for 200 participants this year.”
Designed to introduce youth to the skills and enjoyment of the sport, the derby will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is for all youth 17 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. All youth attendees will be asked to pay a $20 registration fee.
In return, participants will receive a membership to Ducks Unlimited, a fishing rod and tackle box, a duck call, a hat and shirt, along with complimentary food and drinks. In addition, there will be BB gun target practice and a “guess-the-pelt” activity. There will also be field trial demonstrations with Labrador retrievers and their trainers.
A North Carolina fishing license is not required to participate, and the event will use live bait, excluding minnows.
“The donations of businesses and individual sponsors help make this event possible,” Weyant added. “Our goal is to really get the word out this year about this event.”
Ducks Unlimited, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, is the world’s largest nonprofit waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. RCDU’s local Greenwing Fishing Derby is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy a day on the water while learning more about conservation.
Those interested in attending can pre-register online at www.ducks.org, or can pay with cash the day of the event. To learn more about RCDU, contact Weyant at (412) 606-6889, or visit their Facebook page at Richmond County Ducks Unlimited.