Now kids can get their hands-on fishing on the web - completely free of charge. Under the tagline "Fish, Explore, Discover, Learn," the International Game Fish Association launched its new Junior Angler program in July with a brand new website full of pro fishing tips and tricks, species id, biological information on marine and aquatic animals, games, contests, photo galleries and videos.
The IGFA's Junior Angler and Smallfry World Records will also be featured - but every child will have the opportunity to brag about their catches, record or otherwise.
"The overall goal and mission of the IGFA's Junior Angler Program is to get more kids actively involved in recreational fishing activities," said IGFA Education Director David Matagiese. "By transitioning our Junior Angler Program into a free online membership format, thousands of children all over the world will be able to share photos and fishing stories with each other - connecting young anglers across lakes, streams and oceans."
The Junior Angler page is accessible at http://www.igfa.org/IGFA-Junior-Angler.aspx.
Indeed, being free, digital and interactive are key new features of the IGFA's new Junior Angler program. Hoping to reach as many youths as possible, and with the support of Mercury Marine, Critter Control, CostaDelMar, Rapala and TakeMeFishing.org, the IGFA is providing their wealth of resources to kids in a safe and easily-accessible venue and without charging a fee - a price point parents will appreciate. Another winning point with parents is the Junior Angler website's designation as a SafeSite, which means each child's information and experience is completely protected while he or she is online.
New Junior Angler members will also still receive many of the same great benefits they had in the past including free admission to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, discounts in the IGFA online store, free access to all of the IGFA Junior Angler World Records and much more. Combined with all the activities available on the website, the IGFA is offering plenty of ways to keep kids engaged in fishing all year long.