Kids can learn how to cast a line at Dive-In to Fishing, a July 3 event hosted by the Stewart C. Meyer Library and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The program will teach kids about the basics of fishing and the types of fish they can expect to hook in local waters, said library clerk Rose Ramon.

“There are six dock stations that the kids will go through,” she said. “They will talk about the importance of having rules so we don’t over-fish.”

The first station will detail fishing safety and regulations. The second station will include lessons on knots and tackles, followed by lessons on fish habitats and identification.

Ramon said participants will also get a firsthand look at the variety of baits and lures used in fishing

“The fifth station is about marine debris,” she said. “It’s about pollution and how soda cans and worm cups are left and end up in the water, as well as tires and people illegally dumping.”

Ramon said an aquarium filled with fish will be set up outside the library for kids to practice their casting skills.

“The kids will have a junior angler checklist with them, and they will get signed off upon completion of all the stations,” Ramon said.

Participants who complete the course will be recognized for meeting state requirements for fishing and receive a Junior Master Angler diploma. Ramon said she has received a lot of positive feedback and interest from people who want to attend the event.

“It’s a very effective education program and we are excited that it’s hands on and for our community.”

Dive-In to Fishing is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 400 Indian Trail.

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