2014-07-24 / Nature

Take Me Fishing Day

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge will host its annual Take Me Fishing Day, on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., rain or shine. Loaner saltwater fishing poles and free bait will be provided to all those attending. This full day of family fishing activities includes demonstrations for knot tying, baiting hooks, and surf casting. Whether an experienced angler or new to fishing, volunteers and staff members from USFWS and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will be on hand to assist and guide those attending to the best fishing areas.

Organized children’s activities will include scavenger hunts, nature related arts and crafts, and the Cool Casting Competition. Classes in Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish painting, will also be held during the event. To mark the 111th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the first 111 children registered will receive a free minitackle box.

This event is co-sponsored by USFWS, RIDEM, Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island, Salt Water Edge of Newport, and Quoddy Bait and Tackle of Charlestown.

Two years ago during cool temperatures and occasional showers, the largest stripers ever caught since the event began were landed. According to local “salts,” turbulence in the ocean churns up the bait fish and causes the larger fish to hit bait more easily.

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