RUSKIN – Many parents are challenged each year with finding constructive things for their kids to do during spring break. But Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation may have just the ticket if your son or daughter likes to fish.
The department will host its inaugural Spring Break Saltwater Fishing Camp starting Monday, March 10, through Friday, March 14, at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. N.W., Ruskin. Its a five-day outdoors camp that includes daily fishing instruction and excursions, kayaking, a fishing seminar with a professional fishing captain and – for an additional fee – a five-hour, deep sea charter trip out of Hubbard's Marina at John's Pass, Madeira Beach.
“The kids will have a ball,” said host Dave Ramirez, programs supervisor for parks and recreation facilities in Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach and north Ruskin. “We're expanding this new, spring break fishing camp off our highly successful summer fishing camps, which are now in their third year.
“We'll be teaching them to fish, tie knots, use artificial lures, throw a cast net and kayak, plus provide safety and conservation tips like the proper disposal of fishing line,” Ramirez said. “We provide all the equipment and bait. All the kids need to bring is lunch.”
The Parks, Recreation and Conservation department is making a big push to teach children how to fish at outdoor nature camps throughout Hillsborough County, Ramirez said. In addition to its upcoming spring break fishing camp and those offered during the summer, it's sponsoring fishing clubs at nine different Rec2six afterschool programs.
“The idea is to promote and renew kids' interest in being outdoors,” he said.
The camp fee is $38 per child, ages 9 to 15. The charter trip, which is optional, is an additional $33.
Space is limited but several spots remain. To register, visit the county website here.
For additional information, call Ramirez at (813) 672-1120.