One of the most rewarding things a passionate angler can do is extend the legacy of becoming a responsible angler on to someone who has never fished before. All of us remember where, when and who gave us our first fishing rod, and on last Saturday, April 2nd 19 passionate anglers taught 85 kid to fish at the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing Program at Lake X. Organized by the Osceola sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Kenneth Kerchman Foundation, the Lake X event was conducted by the Orlando Chapter of the AFC, and at the end of the event each child walked away with a new fishing rod and tackle box acquired through a grant from the Fish Florida Foundation.
The third of eight scheduled Hook Kids on Fishing Programs conducted by the AFC Orlando Chapter of the AFC in 2016, Lake X is a very special place in Florida. Originally serving as the secret testing facility for Mercury Motors, Lake X now stands as an 11,000 acre wildlife preserve owned and operated by the Kenneth Kerchman Foundation in St Cloud, Florida.
Giving up eight Saturdays of fishing a year is a lot to ask of Orlando AFC Chapter volunteers, but when you think about their reach (over 800 kids and their parents in 2016), it is well worth the effort. If you live in Central Florida and would like to donate your time or resources to continuing our legacy as responsible and passionate anglers, like us on Facebook at: