Fishing with Passion
As my good friend Ron Presley would say “Fish with Passion”. True anglers are passionate about sharing their outdoor experiences with others freely in hopes of creating a new generation of angling stewards, and such was the case this week on both the Mosquito Lagoon and Lake Triplet in Casselberry, Florida. The photos within this report are proof our passionate efforts to share our love of fishing and the outdoors is contagious. The first photo of angling steward and Anglers for Conservation member Paul MacInnis teaching our Hook Kids on Fishing Safety Station to Dalton and Makenzie Bailey in Winter Park, Florida in 2013. The second photo is of AFC Orlando volunteer member Chris Wagiespack with Dalton and Makenzie Bailey at our most recent Hook Kids on Fishing Program in Casselberry, Florida. In just four years these two young men went from student to instructors as members of the Teen Sports Fishing Association. It is up to us as true anglers to teach others in becoming passionate and responsible both on the water and in the outdoors. Our outdoor resources are challenged in Florida and around the world, and it will become the responsibility of these young passionate anglers to carry our legacy into the future. Some may think our tradition of fishing and hunting is slipping away, I respectfully disagree. If you possess the passion as I do, please share it with others and together we will have an impact on saving and protecting our outdoor heritage.