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Fishing Equipment - I need how many fishing poles?

by Roland Sigurdson, Aquatic Education Specialist

March 2012

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Getting fishing equipment can be a challenge for many schools and youth groups. Funding is tight these days and writing grants takes time, effort and a bit of good luck.

So how can you move forward with a fishing program on the cheap? Purchasing rods and reels is the single biggest piece of your fishing program budget. While you might be able to get by making pop can fishing rigs for a year or two, ultimately you want to introduce your kids to rods and reels. We’ve got a few ideas and outlets to let you know about.

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Hooks, bobbers and sinkers may often be obtained for very little money. Donations are worth asking for from the community. Local tackle shops or big box stores will often give you ‘a handful’ which is usually enough to get you started. Don’t let a lack of these simple tools be a barrier to getting started.

The MinnAqua staff strives every day to help you be successful in introducing kids to aquatic stewardship and fishing. It’s in our mission, in our passion and sometimes, in our tacklebox.

MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat!

Connecting youth to Minnesota’s waters through fishing.

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Value diverse views and strive for innovative programming

Build capacity and empower others

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