Reel Lines, Issue Number 13, January 2003 Page: 2
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0 Our Inland Fisheries division is supplying
us with First Fish certificates that you can
give kids who catch their fist fish when
you are with them. Contact the Aquatic
Education Specialist in your area for these
certificates. If you take a picture of a
youth with his or her fist fish caught (not
in a stocked setting) and send it in to me
with child's name, date, place and how it
was caught, it will be put on our TPWD
Web site. Kids love to tell other kids they
are on the Web site.
* An apology for an editorial goof in the
last issue. Some of you may have caught
the wrong word used for the device used
to keep shrimp nets from capturing sea
turtles. Christina Conner, our coastal
expert pointed out that her wording "tur-
tle excluder device" was changed to the
wrong word, "turtle extruder device."
* Thanks very much to all our volun-
teers who made Expo a huge success
this year. We certified over 650 new
Fishing with Dad
BRENDA JUSTICE Aquatic Education - Houston/Galveston
Thinking back about growing up in South Texas brings a flood of fond memo-
ries of fishing with family and friends. Whether they were trips to the sparkling
waters of Matagorda Bay or the muddy rank waters of a cattle stock pond, it
didn't matter. A day fishing was worth its weight in gold and the perfect topic to brag about
the next day in school. Most children do not care if they catch a trophy fish and I was no excep-
tion. However, I will never forget those fishing trips with my dad or the gigantic flounder that
Looking back, I now realize that my dad must be the most patient and the bravest man to ever
live. He would pack up all of his fishing gear, thoroughly check his boat, and make about a two-
hour trek to the bay to take three little girls fishing. It was on one of those trips that I lost the
biggest flounder I have ever seen. Of course when you are five years old, everything seems big.
Eventually, Dad ended up selling his boat to have money to buy his little girls new bikes for
Christmas. Boat or no boat, we still went fishing. Through those experiences, he gave me a
gift to last a lifetime. He taught me that fishing is not always about what and how many fish
you catch. Fishing is about spending quality time with your family and friends. It is about appre-
ciating the great outdoors and sharing with others your time and skills. Fishing is about creat-
ing memories that will last a lifetime.
Youth Fly Fishing, continued
safety, ethics and regulations. We will be targeting youth ages 12 through 17, but everyone will of
course be welcome. As with our Junior and Master Angler awards, each Fly Fisher will receive a cer-
tificate and a pin upon completion of the course. Fly fishing instructors for this program will be cer-
tified TPWD Angler Education Instructors and will be provided access to an additional training kit
and an instructor guide specifically geared to fly fishing basics.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff will provide instructor training to adult fly fishers who
are interested in teaching youth fly fishing skills at our first training on February 22nd at the
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Members of Texas affiliates of the Federation of Fly Fishers
are sponsoring this three-hour training, but it is open to other adult fly fishers as well who want
to share their passion of fly fishing with Texas youth.
this training, please contact Ann Miller
(512) 389-4732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar also for Fly Fish Texas at Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center on March 15th where
you can immerse yourself in this exciting sport and
see the youth Fly Fisher activities in action. For more
information about Fly Fish Texas check the TPWD
Web site or call the Texas Freshwater Fisheries
Center in Athens.
If you would like more information about
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Katharine Armstrong, Chairman Austin
Ernest Angelo, Jr., Vice-Chairman Midland
John Avila, Jr. Fort Worth
Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons San Antonio
Alvin L. Henry Houston
Philip Montgomery Dallas
Donato D. Ramos Laredo
Kelly W. Rising, M.D. Beaumont
Mark E. Watson, Jr. San Antonio
Lee M. Bass, Chairman-Emeritus Fort Worth
Executive Director Robert L. Cook
Education & Outreach Branch Chief Steve Hall
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department receives federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975,
and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the interior and its
bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex (in
educational programs). If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department program, activity, or facility, or if you desire further information, please call
or write: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Civil Rights Programs - External
Programs, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Webb 300, Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 358-1724.
In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is
available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or
Texas Depository Libraries.
PWD BR D0200-162 (1/03)
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