Courtesy Fishermen's Village

In partnership with the Fishermen’s Village, Anglers for Conservation (AFC) is coordinating AFC;’s Hook Kids on Fishing program on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am-–noon at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

Kids ages 6 to 16 are welcome, along with their parents. The first 80 kids registered may receive a free rod and reel. Registration is mandatory by calling Ralph Allen at 941-639-2628.

These conservation-minded Hook Kids on Fishing programs teach casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation; and are taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers. Parents and kids bring your smiles, positive attitudes and patience along with you!

Parent or guardian must accompany attendees.

Additional community sponsors include the Anglers for Conservation, Fish Florida Foundation, Coastal Angler Magazine and Aylesworth's Fish & Bait.

The Hook Kids on Fishing program is a product of the Anglers for Conservation, a non-profit-501-C3, whose mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through education, conservation, and community outreach.

Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering for, or sponsoring this event, please contact Mike Conneen at or visit