This Spring marks the middle of my 22nd consecutive year teaching the SPORTFISHING ON LONG ISLAND classes. What started out for me as an ?OK, I?ll Try It Once? activity for the Shoreham-Wading River Adult Education Program (back in 1985) has evolved into an experience that went way beyond what I had originally expected. I discovered that teaching adults was fun and rewarding, especially since I?ve had such a passion for the subject matter since my very early childhood.
Eventually, the Suffolk County Department of Parks & Recreation decided that sportfishing instruction was something that more Long Islanders could benefit from. In 2002, the same year I retired from my day job, I started conducting the classes for the County at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge. Fortunately, since I?ve had more time on my hands, I?ve been able to work harder and plan better than ever before. PowerPoint slide programs have replaced the outdated carousel slide projector approach. Models displaying a multi-assortment of rigs used for catching many of our local species were created for hands-on use by students. The list of guest speakers continues to grow. The weekly class handouts were improved and expanded. VHS tapes have been upgraded to DVDs. The number of class field trips has more than doubled. And more planning time has clearly resulted in increased class efficiency.
Here is the schedule for this upcoming semester:
Class # / Topic and/or Species To Be Discussed
1.) Introduction / Slide Show / Video (Feb. 26)
2.) Blackfish / Flounder (Mar. 11)
3.) Striped Bass / Bluefish (Mar. 18 )
4.) Fluke / Fishing in Alaska (Mar. 25)
5.) "Knot Nite" with Guest Instructors/ Q&A (Apr. 1 )
6.) Weakfish / Cod / Pollack (Apr. 8 )
7.) Tuna / Marlin (Apr. 15)
8.) Guest Speaker (Speaker to be announced) (Apr. 29)
9.) Shark / Other Offshore Species / Mackerel (May 6)
10.) Surf Fishing (Surf Guest) / Porgies / Putting it all together (May 13)
Below are the basic details you need to know if you are interested in improving your fishing skills:
Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 7:30 ? 9:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 26, 2008 in the Media Room of the H. Lee Dennison Building on Vets? Hwy. in Hauppauge.
Registration is $125.00 per person.
Flexible make-up classes are also possible for those people who have conflicting schedules.
Field trips on well-known charter boats (such as the Nancy Ann IV and the Celtic Quest) are optional with an additional fee.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact Suffolk County Parks Department at (631) 854-0903.
A nice array of guest speakers are currently being scheduled to help out and lend their expertise to the sessions.
Hope to see many of you on Feb. 26. - Capt. Jerry McGrath
Below are some photos from last year's activities.
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