Angler education class helps spread the joy of fishing

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. And f you go through the angler education program from Texas Parks and Wildlife, that's a lot of fish.

TPW Angler Education Specialist Kiera Quam covers a large portion of the state, and on Sunday, she's at the Abilene State Park to hold an angler education course. At the conclusion, those in attendance will be state certified instructors. 

Quam says that the class "is not a lecture." Instead, it's an open ended class with plenty of activities and discussion. "They'll learn to tie knots, they'll race to see if they can tie the fastest."

After completing the course, these anglers, ranging from novice to expert, with be able to go out and teach anyone in the state.

There's more than just knowing the ins and outs of fishing. Once these instructors go into the world, they can help the state continue research and conservation efforts. That's because the federal government pays $24 each hour these instructors teach. That money helps to fund research, hatcheries, and more instruction classes.

Some people just love fishing, like self-proclaimed fishing fanatic Mike "Slip Cork" Cornett. He says, "There are a lot of people out here that want people to learn to fish, that want people to learn how to answer their questions. There are some people out there that don't really care to help people. But there's also an elite group of people that do, and we're happy to be a part of it."

In addition to fishing, there are programs for archery, boating, hunting, and more. To see the full list, and to find out when any new activities are planned, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov for a full calendar.
 


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