If I were to ask you what time is it, what would your answer be?
If you are from my era, you might say “It’s Howdy Doody time.”
However, if you are younger with children between 5 through 15, you probably do not know Howdy Doody, but you should know it is time for the 26th annual Kiwanis Free, yes I said Free, Kids Fishing Derby.
Just as sure as spring rolls around this time of year, the Kiwanis also put on their fishing derby.
What this means is the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club mounts an assault on the Cape Coral Yacht Club fishing pier. If your child is from 5 through 15, they are welcome to help in this charge. They do not need to bring anything except their parents, since everything else is furnished. Each child will receive a rod and reel, which they will take home, plus all the rigging and bait will be available.
So what is your part in this? Well the Kiwanis would appreciate it if you would remain with your child and help them. This way, if you are not a fisherman, you too will learn what you need to help keep your child fishing. Just remember, this is not a free half day of baby-sitting. You need to be with your child to help them learn respect for other fishermen and watch out for people casting. So please plan on staying with your child. You will have a great time and it is a fantastic time for bonding.
Besides the rod and reel, each child will be given a door prize ticket. This ticket gives them a chance to win one of the many brand-new bicycles that are given away as door prizes. Usually there are about 10 bikes.
Now when does all this take place? The assault on The Cape Coral Yacht Club fishing pier will be March 29 at 8:30 a.m. The awards will be presented around 11 or 11:30. So plan on bringing your kids to the Cape Coral Yacht Club fishing pier for a morning of fun and fishing.
A wise person once said “if we keep just one kid out of trouble by offering a positive attitude, then it is time and effort well-spent” besides the smiles are priceless.
I was talking with an acquaintance at church and he said his son had been out in a kayak fishing, The son did not catch anything but saw lots of redfish. They also had been out a week earlier and caught a cobia. Hopefully all this adds up to the beginning of a great fishing spring. You know kids will be out on spring break in a couple weeks, get ready to take them fishing.
Everyone have fun on the water and wave when you see the Tar Heel go by.
Captain Sam O’Briant is a local licensed guide who may be reached at 994-1494 or email@example.com.