The Rotary Club of Newport News and Coastal Conservation Association have sponsored the Children’s Fishing Clinic since 1996. This project was created to educate “at risk” children about conservation ethics, local aquatic habitats and species, and the art/technique of salt water angling.
Each year we invite 250 children plus chaperones to join us at the James River Fishing Pier for a fun day of education and fishing. The participants each receive a rod/reel, tackle, t-shirt, and hat, as well as lunch with, at no charge. Funding is provided by grants and donations from the business community, the City of Newport News, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Volunteers include Rotary Club members, as well as anglers from local fishing clubs, the Newport News Sherriff’s Office and the Newport News Shipbuilding employees. Children are registered in advance by the Newport News Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and normally includes approximately 18 different groups of young people.
One of the most rewarding experiences is seeing the joy from 8-12 years olds when they catch their first fish and realize they get to keep their rod and reel! We strive to create a joy of fishing and a healthy hobby they can continue for the rest of their lives.