June 2nd marks the start of National Fishing and Boating Week in the U.S., a celebration of fishing and boating coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and many counties, parks, marinas and organizations – not to mention Monterey owners – are really getting excited about it.
Thousands of sites from the west coast to the east will be hosting events to promote recreational fishing and boating as a great, fun way for families to spend time together and get involved in outdoor activities on the water.
A school of great fishing events, clinics, and contests are scheduled all across America and many states waive fishing license fees. A few are offering free use of rods and reels as part of a fishing tackle loaner program.
Many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and other similar agencies are holding special events in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, such as a Seniors Fishing Rodeo, Kids Fish for Fun Derby, or a Family Fishing Festival, which feature a host of exhibits, boating demonstrations, educational events and cool giveaways.
The week is designated for celebrating both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and all types of recreational boating activities. You can discover a new fishing or boating sweet spot by searching the ‘Hotspot Map’ for thousands of fishing and boating locations at www.takemefishing.com. You can also download a free Boat Ramp app there featuring more than 35,000 boat ramps and marinas across the country!
If you are a new Monterey owner, DiscoverBoating.com offers a free ‘Get Started in Boating’ DVD and lots of other useful information for boat owners.
During National Fishing and Boating Week or any other time of the year, when you buy a fishing license you are contributing to fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species support and invasive species control programs, and educational programs. Registering your boat helps sustain resources that promote safe and responsible use of the nation's waters. Introducing someone new to boating and all the wonder and fun that come with it helps pass on the legacy of appreciation for all the Earth’s waters.