Become a certified angler and teach others

LOS FRESNOS — Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is looking for a few good men and women.

The refuge is offering its first training to become a certified angler instructor on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Refuge is gearing up to become a First Catch Center in partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the local non-profit organization Fishings’ Future.

As a First Catch Center the refuge will be offering several Family Fish Camps each year to provide local families with the basic knowledge and skills to start fishing.

Only certified angler educator instructors can lead these family events.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering their time to teach others how to fish and become part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Volunteer Aquatic Education team will have the opportunity to become certified in the TPWD Aquatic Education Program.

Individuals will learn how to: tie fishing knots, teach the proper casting stroke, use fishing equipment, gain insights into fish habitat, grasp a fuller understanding of TPWD fishing regulations, focus on local baits, tricks, tips and techniques and gain extensive knowledge on what is expected from TPWD when conducting angling education classes in one’s community.

This training is limited to 25-30 individuals and preregistration is required. Registrants must be 18 years of age or older and must pass a background check.

Registration can be completed online at: http://bit.ly/2fwHuhv

Call the refuge for more information at 956-748-3607 ext 111.