University of Guam Sea Grant (UOGSG) and the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR) will host the Kids’ August Saltwater Fishing Derby from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Asan Park this Saturday, August 12. Free registration at DAWR ends on Friday, August 11 at 12 p.m. Competitors need to provide proof of age to establish eligibility, which is 7-12 years old.
Youth must bring their own rods, reels, floats, and bait. DAWR staff conduct the required safety briefing at 7:30 while the two-hour timed fishing session starts at 8 a.m.
“Even for those who aren’t fishing, this is a wonderful opportunity to visit Asan Park and cheer the kids on,” says Assistant Instructor Marie Auyong of Sea Grant. “Their excitement at catching something is pretty infectious, and you can even learn a thing or two about casting from the young winners!”
DAWR and Sea Grant led two fishing clinics in July and earlier this month to encourage youth participation in the derbies, which have been held for over 25 years.