Passing on Your Angling Knowledge and Experiences to Younger Generations

 Chinese Proverb:


(Translated:  Give a man a fish, rather teach him to fish)

Passing on the knowledge and skills that you has obtained is needed to ensure the continued innovation in pursing both the sporting and management of largemouth bass populations throughout the United States.  The majority of anglers go through a range of emotions and use of practical skills throughout a typical fishing outing.  Children will experience these same emotional complexity and repetition different skills this helps children learn important life lessons and receive educational insight without stepping foot into a “classroom”.  Everything that a child learns while fishing on-shore, on a boat, during habitat enhancement may be applied throughout their life (knot-tying, performing under pressure, ups-and-downs, observation analysis, biology concepts, problem-solving, etc.)      Future generations without participation in angling or the management of largemouth bass (or other species) are neglected not only the opportunity to enjoy nature but also the abundance of knowledge that comes with hands-on activities.   This is compared to  learning through the window of the local grocery store meat market.

The economic hardships felt over the past few years have caused many families and individuals to budget according to those specific-needs that are important for continued well-being.  Reducing expenditures on hobbies, weekend trips, new equipment, and contributions to charitable causes may be an effect of those budget cuts.  The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries funded by Virginia’s Fishing License Fees have two specific programs that offer anglers free-of-charge (with a Virginia Fishing License) fishing tackle and educational tools needed to fish, and teach others how to fish too.

Angling Education Program  –  (Information HERE.pdf and HERE.html)

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

“The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offers a variety of items to help make your angling education program both instructive and fun. Virginia anglers pay for the materials, instructional aids, and promotional items through the purchase of fishing licenses. The materials are therefore provided free of charge to educators who are licensed Virginia Anglers. For those who are not licensed anglers there is a nominal charge for student materials.”

Tackle Loaner Program  –  (Information HERE.pdf and HERE.html)

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

“The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provides loaner fishing tackle at no charge to groups and individuals who are involved in fishing programs or just going fishing for fun. It is easy and free!”

The Shenandoah Valley Location for the Loaner Program:


Paul Bugas (Fisheries Biologist)

4725 Lee Highway


two fishing rods


1 Comment

  1. Thanks for bringing those two VDGIF programs to my attention – I’m going to take a look and spread the word.

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