Free Kids’ Fishing Event in Alleghany County Scheduled for June 14

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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 20, 2008)– Kids can fish for free and cast for some fun fishing prizes at a Jakes Day Fishing event, scheduled for June 14 at Brush Creek Road and Hwy. 21 in Alleghany County.

This event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is limited to kids 16 years old and younger. Anglers 15 and younger can register to win a variety of prizes, such as rods, reels, spools of fishing line and tackle boxes, courtesy of Bass Pro Shops and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The grand prize, donated by Neuse Sport Shop located in Kinston, is a lifetime saltwater/freshwater fishing license, valued at $455.

Participants can pre-register by calling Billy Tompkins at (336) 657-8121.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop, Bass Pro Shops, the U.S. Forest Service, Alleghany chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and N.C. Bowhunters Association, are supporting this fishing event as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2008.

National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated each year in June by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, gives children and their families an opportunity to learn about conserving aquatic resources while enjoying the thrill of fishing and boating. For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Web site, http://www.rbff.org/.

For a complete list of all kids’ fishing events being held in late May and early June for National Fishing and Boating Week, click here.

For more information on fishing in North Carolina’s public, inland waters, call the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220 or visit the fishing page.