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Is Fishing in the City a Thing of the Past for Kids?

Published on: August 10, 2019

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Scenes from Huck Finn Fishing Derby on HB Pier this August

It’s hard to say how many hearts will be broken if the majority of kids’ fishing programs cease to exist in California. At Let’s Go Fishing on the Huntington Beach Pier, tackle & bait shop owner Marian Johnson shares shock, sorrow and tears with family members such as grandson Mike Rincon (left photo,) after being told they may lose their business. The City of Huntington Beach put their stand-alone shop space out to bid through an RFP process after their 27-year stint and kids’ fishing derby sponsorship on the iconic cement pier.

At this year’s 56th Annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby  low participation in the Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher costume contest was cited as a reason to examine the event’s future. One city planner said that people don’t seem to know who the fictional character, Huckleberry Finn, is.

Californians continue to celebrate famous author Mark Twain  (1835-1910) and his assortment of adventurous characters at events such as Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee in May, TwainFest at Old Town State Historic Park in San Diego on Aug.17, 2019, and Mark Twain Wild West Fest Oct.19, 2019 in Angels Camp. But several major Twain-themed events that have included kids’ fishing activities have disappeared in recent years.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife program for youth, Fishing in the City, cites author Richard Louv who published, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Check out the state program which promotes teaching kids to fish, and lists clinics and events in Sacramento, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County.

 

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