Forestville, WI: Aaron Petersen, a member of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #811) held a Fishing 101 Clinic at Ponca State Park Nebraska during the 14th Missouri River Outdoor EXPO on September 15, 2018.
This was the first year for a Fishing 101 clinic at the EXPO. Peterson did an outstanding job introducing the 60+ youth attendees about water safety, fishing ethics, how to use fishing rods and reels, bait, how to bait a hook, how to tie a knot, fish identification, and aquatic invasive species identification as well as how to help prevent their spread. Peterson’s fishing clinic was included in the nearly 90 hands-on activities featuring outdoor education, sports and recreation during the EXPO. The participants got to try their luck at fishing at the pond by the park’s Resource Education Center.
Future Angler Foundation provided each youth fishing clinic participant with a free rod/reel combo and the NPAA provided Future Pro T-shirts. The event was so popular that Aaron was invited to hold up to four clinics at next year’s EXPO, so mark your calendars!
NPAA is a non-profit 501(c) (6), member-based association dedicated to sportfishing. The NPAA’s membership is composed of tournament anglers, professional guides, angler educators and sportfishing/marine industry professionals who are passionate about the sport.
The NPAA’s mission is: “To increase the professionalism of our members as we work to grow and protect sportfishing.”
The association was founded in 1997 and has grown to today’s level by working to develop programs to benefit our members and the sport. One such program includes financial and organizational support for “Future Angler Events” that are run by our members every year. Our members have hosted over 450 of these “Future Angler Events” that have impacted nearly 50,000 young anglers since 2011. To learn more about the NPAA go to www.npaa.net.