Monday, October 15, 2012

SCDNR Family Fishing Clinic

Classroom Time
L. Ross talking about SCDNR
Casting practice


Saturday, Oct. 13, was a good day. Attendees of a SCDNR Family Fishing Clinic at Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center seemed to enjoy the session. The day started cool, but warmed up nicely.

The educational part of the day went well and the participation was excellent. Unfortunately, the pond had only been stocked with trout the day before and they weren't cooperative. The recent cooler temperatures probably were a factor as well. One very young girl caught a red-eared sunfish (shellcracker) and was very excited.

Gene Cunningham assisted with the clinic and we had a great time presenting it. Out hope is that these individuals will use this session as a springboard to more outdoor activities.

Our thanks to Marty Daigle, Camp Manager, for allowing us to use the shelter and the pond facilities to present the clinic. If you haven't visited the facility, it is located in northern Greenville County just off highway # 11. It is a first rate facility and offers camping, retreat facilities, and great fun for family outings.

Details about Pleasant Ridge are available at or by calling (864) 660-1065.

Thanks to Pleasant Ridge employee, Billy Russell, for his help during the clinic.

If you are interested in learning more about SCDNR's free Family Fishing Clinics, High School fishing competitions, "Reel Kids" or other DNR programs, contact Lorianne Riggin, Aquatic Education Director, at for details. Another source is

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