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June 3, 2014 > Connections to Pier Fishing

Connections to Pier Fishing

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but didnÕt know how to begin? Learn the fundamentals of catch and release fishing when Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts ÒConnections to Pier Fishing.Ó Held at the Dumbarton fishing pier, attendees will discover the types of wildlife living in the San Francisco Bay, learn the safety and ethics of fishing, and try their luck with fishing rods and reels provided by the Refuge.

An annual offering for about 13 years, the fishing event used to be held in October to coincide with National Wildlife Refuge Week, but in recent years has been moved to June to coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week. However, this is not a one-time only fishing opportunity; people are welcome to fish on the Dumbarton pier year-round from sunrise to sunset. While state regulations apply, no fishing license is needed because the site is designated as a public fishing pier.

ÒThe purpose of the event is to introduce people to the sport of fishing, and to let them see first-hand what wildlife is in the bay,Ó says Outdoor Recreation Planner Carmen Minch. ÒIt is also a great platform to teach folks about watershed protection Ð by changing personal habits, we can have a healthy bay which is beneficial to wildlife and people.Ó

After participants have gone through stations to learn about safety and ethics, how to protect the bay and the watershed, and learned how to tie the surf leader onto their loaner rod, they are given bait and tuned loose to test their skill and luck. ÒIn the meantime, we have crab traps set up and a bucket to put any fish people catch for educational purposes. They get released soon afterwards,Ó says Minch. Experienced anglers are usually out on the pier and have been known to contribute their catches to the educational bucket. Catches mostly consist of leopard sharks or seven-gill sharks.

Due to limited space and equipment the event is only open to the first registered 50 people, who must be five years of age and up and arrive at 9 a.m. to participate (those only coming to watch are welcome). All participants receive free box with tackle. Due to high interest there is already a waiting list; get your name on the list at http://donedwardsfishing.eventbrite.com or call (510) 792-0222 ext. 476 Sunday through Thursday.

Connections to Pier Fishing
Saturday, Jun 7
9 a.m. Ð Noon
Dumbarton Fishing Pier
The end of Marshlands Rd, Fremont
(510) 792-0222 ext. 476
http://donedwardsfishing.eventbrite.com
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/
Free; registration required

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