Fishing Legend Visits Greenville Campers


By Amanda Wade

Kids in Greenville learned from a fishing legend about the sport and the importance of playing outside.

Kids from Greenville's Dunbar Summer Youth program were baiting hooks, and casting lines at American Legion Pond. Fishing legend Ray Scott, the founder of Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society, came to teach children how to catch fish, "It's the anticipation of it all and, you know, the kids have a lot of distractions today with computers and a host of other distractions, but nothing is more rich and blessed by the good lord above than fishermen."

Scott says he was seven years old when he caught his first bass, and although the kids were fishing for catfish, he shared a few tricks for catching, "Spit on your hook. That's an old habit I used to have when I was a little kid myself. We used to say spit on the hook it's good luck!"

The program is not only about fishing; conservationists were on hand to teach kids about the environment, "They're fishing in this pond down here, so we wanted them to think about where does that water come from? You know, the concept of a water shed, and what's going on down in the soil beneath where they're standing," says district conservationist, Beth Chastain.

Dee Dee Womack, the Director of Dunbar's summer camp, adds, "Today, our kids are indoors so much with video games, and we wanted to show them that nature can be just as fun and as exciting as the video game."

Program coordinators say if the kids caught a fish, they got to choose if they wanted to release it, or take it home.

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