28 youth anglers cast lines on YMCA fishing excursion
, 2014


28 youth anglers cast lines
on YMCA fishing excursion

Some 28 anglers, ages 9-12, from the Summer Camp Program at Northumberland Family YMCA on June 12 strapped on life jackets, boarded four boats and went fishing

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Amaria Ashton displays her catch with help from Smith Point Sea Rescue I Capt. Russ Bertino.

They were accompanied by camp counselors and the branch director Cristian Shirilla, reported Denise Munns.

The “Take a Kid Fishing Day” trip was a collaborative effort among the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Smith Point Sea Rescue and the YMCA, explained Munns.

RFM boat shop and board member Bill Small had this idea several months ago. In addition to the fishing, he wanted to provide activities to teach kids area heritage.

With the generosity of Smith Point Sea Rescue I, Capt. Russ Bertino and crew, as well as Capt. Robert Gwaltney, Capt. Buddy Sylvia and Capt. Jim Shaffer, who provided tackle, bait and boats, everyone set out for a morning of fishing. They returned just before noon with more than 60 fish.

Everyone headed to RFM where the kids ‘fish printed’ t-shirts, toured the museum, its boat and model shops, as well as a Virginia Marine Police Boat docked at the RFM pier, continued Munns. Then in the pouring rain they enjoyed a fresh fish fry. Over 30 RFM volunteers were assisted the kids.

Thanks to Jett’s Hardware, Lilian Home Center and RW’s Sport Shop, prizes of fishing poles and reels were awarded to the angler catching the largest fish on each boat. Organizers also thanked Omega Protein and Rogers Seafood.


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