United Anglers of Southern California (UASC), in conjunction with its non-profit youth fishing partners 976-TUNA and Friends of Rollo, is gearing up to deliver some family fun and fishing fireworks this 4th of July. As part of this non-profit organization’s ongoing commitment to family fishing, they have organized a special Kid’s Fish Free extended 1/2-day trip aboard the Long Beach-based sportboat Eldorado. This trip is perfectly timed to take advantage of traditional great summer fishing for coastal sand bass, bonito, barracuda and other family-pleasing gamefish.
The spacious 80-foot vessel will be departing from Long Beach Sportfishing at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 and will return around 3 p.m. Any adult who purchases a regular fare $50 ticket can bring up to two children (15 years and younger) at no charge. In addition, free loaner rods and reels will be available to youngsters (affordable rental gear is available for adults). Additional children beyond the two free per adult can fish for only $20 each.
This event makes for a fun, affordable way for Southern California families to celebrate this holiday together, enjoying our natural resources and great summer fishing. Adding to this exceptional entertainment value is the fact that July 4, 2009 is a No Fishing License Required Day across California. This means that unlicensed adult anglers will not be required to purchase a one-day or annual fishing license to join youngsters on this exciting trip. This event will also be a California Department of Fish and Game Fishing Passport trip, so kids will receive passport books and can earn stamps for each different fish species they catch. There will be other special surprises for the youngsters, such as fishing comic books and other ocean-related educational materials from NOAA Marine Fisheries.
“What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than by enjoying our great American pastime of fishing?,” said Steven Fukuto, UASC President. “Trips like these are a great way to get families together for some fun on the water. And they’re a great way for young and old alike to learn about fishing in a family-friendly environment. We’ll even have you back in plenty of time to catch your favorite fireworks show,” Fukuto added.
The Eldorado offers fishermen an expert crew, plenty of elbow room and a full galley providing hot food, snacks and refreshments. The trip will depart from Long Beach Sportfishing, centrally located at 555 Pico Avenue in Long Beach (near the end of the 710 Freeway).
To get more information or sign up for this special kid’s fishing trip, contact Beth Lafferty at UASC headquarters by calling the organization’s new toll free number: 877/494-UASC (8272). To learn more about UASC’s many ongoing activities to benefit fish and fishermen, visit online at www.unitedanglers.com.