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Outdoors: Create community fun with a kids All-American fishing event

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Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 3:29 am | Updated: 3:16 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Whether experienced or not in hosting a community fishing event, there is a free and userfriendly program available to assist organizations interested in putting on a fun activity of this kind for area kids and families.

Almost any group is eligible to hold a turn-key Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Program (KAAF) event presented by Zebco, and receive the fishing derby kit and planning materials through an online request process at www.kids-fishing.com. However, the materials must be ordered in advance and the deadline for doing so, Jan. 31, 2007, is rapidly approaching.

Hooked On Fishing International, Inc., the world’s largest organizer of on-the-water youth fishing events, provides the Derby Organizer Support Kit at no cost. Included in the package are an event planner’s handbook, banner, publicity posters, plastic goodie bags, two Zebco rods and reels, tackle box, participant souvenirs and other giveaways. At its Web site, HOFI provides additional free resources, such as customizable press releases, newspaper announcements and timely e-mail planning reminders.

Because the KAAF Derby Organizer Support Kits are built in advance based on approved event registrations, interested groups do need to plan ahead and sign-up by the Jan. 31 deadline. Everything a group needs to know about hosting a KAAF-supported event can be found on the program’s Web site.

The Kids All-American Fishing event support kits are made available free of charge thanks to the support of marquee corporate partners Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Zebco. The program receives additional support from some of the nation’s top brands including Banana Boat, Castrol, Eagle Claw, Fujifilm, Keebler, Kellogg’s, Laker Fishing, Repel and Wet Ones.

Since 1987, more than eight million youngsters and their families have participated in the program. For more information about attending or hosting Kids All-American Fishing events, visit www.kids-fishing.com.

HUNTING, SHOOTING AND FREE PRIZES

A free online resource for sportsmen and women not only provides comprehensive information on hunting and shooting, but also offers visitors a chance to win a Polaris ATV, bird-hunting trip for two, or NASCAR tickets for four.

The Web site, www.huntandshoot.org, was launched in June by the firearm industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). It features an array of free services, access directories and other conveniences for today’s hunters and target shooters.

Additionally through February, the site is running a “Hunt and Shoot Sweepstakes,” a chance for visitors to enter to win one of three prizes — a Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI Mossy Oak Camouflage ATV; a bird hunting trip for two at Flint Oak Ranch, Fall River, Kan.; and four tickets to a 2007-08 NASCAR race.

See official rules and entry form at www.huntandshoot.org.

AGFD FISHING HOTSPOT OF THE WEEK

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Bass fishing is good. Try working the ledges early in the morning or right before dark with crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Minnows under a slip bobber will work, too. Yellow bass and bluegill in the 5- to 7-inch range are plentiful and will bite mealworms or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish averaging 1 to 2 pounds will bite stinkbaits, hotdogs and shrimp. Carp fishing is good using corn and doughbait. Rainbow trout have been stocked in the lake and will bite on corn, Berkley Power Bait, salmon eggs and inline spinners. This lake is a great place for a holiday fishing trip.

CONTACT WRITER: P.O. Box 859, Mesa, AZ 85211 or aztriboutdoors@hotmail.com

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