Fishing camp provides bonding opportunity with parents and children

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 06:23 PM.

Martin said Twin Hills Park’s ponds hold several species of fish ranging from blue gill and bass to some carp. The camp taught techniques for catching different kinds of fish.

The most important things stressed were safety and having fun, he said.

“Once the kids start catching the blue gill and learn how to take them off the hook, I’ll let them do more of it for themselves,” Martin said. “We teach them hook safety, how to bait a hook, the types of species we catch. It’s just general pond fishing 101 and just coming out here and having some fun.”

Appreciating the outdoors

The campers received a surprise Tuesday, when Jim Martino from Bass Pro Shops in Destin arrived with T-shirts for all of them.

Bass Pro Shops was happy to provide the gifts to the campers, Martin said.

“We have to get the kids involved in good things like fishing and enjoying the outdoors and learning the importance of what little nature we seem to have left,” he said. “They seem to have a lot more electronic babysitter today than we did.

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