Let’s Go Fishing!

Fisherman with largemouth bass

Learning to ride a bike, shooting a gun for the first time and catching your first fish are three important milestones in a person’s life. While Cheaper Than Dirt! does not sell bikes, it does carry cycling accessories such as holsters, front and rear lights and cycling apparel. Of course, it goes without saying that Cheaper Than Dirt! has everything a young heart could desire for their first trip to the shooting range including targets, rimfire ammunition, youth guns and safety equipment to protect eyes and ears.

However, less known seems to be Cheaper Than Dirt!’s full line of water sports and fishing gear. Cheaper Than Dirt! offers fishing rods, reels, lures, line, bobbers and more. If you are already looking to scoop up some ammunition or a new tactical vest, why not take your little tyke out and create a few memories together when you drop a line in the hopes of angling a lunker.

If you are looking for a little help or need a place to fish, many state game departments offer free fishing days. Some provide the equipment, other require you to bring your own. Personally, for my children it bring your own I did not want to just be with them to catch their first fish, I was setting up an opportunity to create dozens of family memories, but the choice is yours. For residents of New Hampshire, here is a free fishing opportunity just around the corner.

From New Hampshire’s state Fish and Game Department: Calling all want-to-be anglers! The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program, the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, and the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation are teaming up to give you the opportunity to discover a recreational activity that is fun for the whole family. A free one-day introduction to fishing program will be held on Friday, August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Umbagog Lake Campground, Route 26 in Cambridge, N.H.

The class is open to anyone, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reserve your spot by contacting the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, at (603) 482-3415, extension 115. The class is free, and registration is first-come, first-served. Space is limited so call now to reserve your spot. All equipment and materials will be provided. You do not need to have a fishing license to participate.

Man with red jacket catching a fish
Few things are more fun than feeling the strike. However, watching a youngster experience for the first is a life-long memory.

The morning will be spent at the campground, learning about equipment, safety, knot tying, fish identification, basic ecology and different casting techniques. In the afternoon we will head out on the boats to put your newly learned skills to the test! New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources

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