Angling Families Strive for Guinness Book World Record

By: Terry Gibson


When parents ask me about programs that can help them spend time with their kids on the water through fishing, I send them to Capt. Rodney Smith and Warren Wnek, with Anglers for Conservation

These dads know plenty about getting parents and kids communicating through fishing and encouraging them to love fishing and the great outdoors. They raised their own broods of passionate anglers, not to mention the legions of neighborhood kids that were influenced by these two experts. Rodney, for example, spent at least 20 years guiding anglers of all ages on the Space Coast, in the Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon, and has written numerous books and thousands of articles giving fishing advice.

Over the past decade or so, Anglers for Conservation has been the leader in helping tens of thousands of parents and children have more fun and success on the water. The group offers free seminars around the state that teach fishing basics, but most of all spread the gospel of fishing fun. I've attended several, and I never knew just how contagious big grins can be. By joining the group, you get a Hook Kids on Fishing Beginner Angler DVD  free with membership. It's a must-watch for all parents interested in getting their kids "hooked on fishing," whether you're a novice or expert angler, or somewhere in between.

Anglers for Conservation started 2012 with an ambitious New Year's resolution.  They are coordinating a nation-wide Fish Earth Day event between April 14-21, 2012 in celebration of Earth Day. They aim to set a Guinness World Record for the number of kids and families participating during this week-long educational event focusing on fishing fundamentals and conservation. For more information, contact

Come set a new fishing world record!

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