By RYAN HERMAN
Saturday is Kid’s Fishing Day at the Lincolnton Sportsman Club.
The annual event will begin at 7 a.m., is free of charge and is open to any young child. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the event with their children, but are not allowed to fish.
Anglers may bring their own gear, but equipment will be provided along with bait and tackle –– worms, floats and hooks. Everyone is asked to bring a lawn chair.
The purpose of the event, which has ran for at least a decade, club member Robert Gates said, is to simply get children out of the house and into nature.
“It’s to introduce kids to fishing and outdoor activities,” Gates said, “and to spend quality time with families and part of the outdoors.”
Fishing in the club’s own pond isn’t the only outdoor activity participants can enjoy. Set up at the club’s headquarters on Horseshoe Lake Road will be an archery range and a pellet-gun shooting range.
Lunch will be provided, and prizes will be awarded for various achievements such as reeling in the largest fish.
The event is limited to the first 100 to 125 little anglers, Gates said, so his biggest piece of advice is to, “get there early, get their goody bags, get their fishing rods and get them a seat on the lake.”
“It always fills up,” he said. “It’s something people look forward to, and come back to year after year.”