“We have one more year with kids on the pier,” Kids’ Fishing Rodeo organizer Christopher Scott said. “It’s the 64th year Southern California Tuna Club (SCTC) has provided it. It’s kind of cool, we started with more private boats, reaching out to friends and family. As we reached out to business owners and others, it grew… Many hands make light work.”
This year, everyone’s welcome to fish for free, Scott said, and he expects about 300 people from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 5, on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier (15 39th Pl.) for the Kids’ Fishing Rodeo — one of Alfredo’s Beach Club’s summertime events.
Attendees come from Thousand Oaks to Phoenix, Ariz., he said.
“We invite kids from anywhere to spend a couple of hours fishing,” Scott said.
The Department of Fish & Game will provide loaner rods for youngsters to fish, Scott said, but people are encouraged to bring their own gear. Twelve SCTC members will be at the weigh-in station helping with knots.
Attendees usually fish, he said.
“And some kids know there are bikes provided (given away to those 15 and younger from Jonathan and Jaqueline Hall of DeepBlue Scuba & Swim Center), and Alfredo’s Beach Club has free hot dogs,” Scott said. “It’s just a great day on the water.”
Besides help from previously mentioned organizations, Scott said, six California State University, Long Beach, marine biology graduate students, along with USFWS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel, will teach about marine life.
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