Beautiful day on the water, kids were amazing & everyone had a great time
The kids, crew & volunteer mentors from SFVSF all had an amazing day as evident by the pictures & smiles! The weather was absolutely perfect – it was a beautiful day.
Thank you to Spitfire Sportfishing for putting us on the fish, crew for helping all the children with their rigs & to get the fish on the boat and safely into the bags, Michael Herrera & the SFVSF for planning a great event, Mike F. Lombardi for the great pictures & the volunteer mentors from the SFVSF for their help, support & guidance. Hey! The burgers were great too — all 60 of them — thanks Galley Chef!
It was a wonderful sight to see the kids eyes light up when they caught a fish … “FISH-ON” — they learned was what to yell out when you have a fish on your line — everyone gathered around and watched as the crew help get the fish onto the boat. I could tell they were learning how to put their bait on, open the bail, close it when the sinker hit the bottom & keep their line tight until a fish hit … and then reel in like crazy — by the end of the trip, they were all little fishing pros! Many of them may end up being future SFVSF members – some would ask about our regular member trips and show interest in going in the future.
Why take 60 inner city kids fishing?
Every year, the San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman, a club consisting of friends who love to fish, host a kids charter fishing trip for underprivileged children in the SFV.
Kids who report never having done anything like this before, learn valuable life lessons on our fishing trips. You’ll be amazed at how many areas of their life may improve from the experience of fishing.
“Give a kid a fish and they’ll look at you funny, teach a kid how to fish and they’ll have a memory that lasts forever” – Jared Gerber, SFVSF Member
- Where food comes from. “The grocery store?”, lol
- Survival! Yes — that’s right. Tie knots, catch fish & be one with nature
- Conservation — learn to love nature & natural resources
- Physical social interaction vs. video games & cellphones
- Patience & communication
- Fishing is good wholesome fun & safe
- An “Adult:” activity that is good for them, vs. alcohol & other vices
The club member volunteers mentor the children, who learn how to fish, participate in an
outdoor adventure, they may otherwise not be able to experience. It may also spark an interest in a future career in fishing, marine biology or coast guard. They may also have the chance to see dolphins, whales or even an coast guard helicopter.
Members of the club organize and volunteer to mentor children while fishing and have a great outdoor experience at sea. About 60 under-privileged kids are selected from youth groups from the SFV area.
If you’re a reporter, come fish on us! Yes — we want to take you fishing. Come fishing, learn what it’s all about first hand — and be inspired to report your experience. Call Jared at 818-421-8870 to discuss.
Send MORE kids fishing — with your sponsorship, we can send more children fishing. In past years, we’ve chartered multiple boats for the kids trip. Contact us to learn more about sponsorship & exposure opportunities.
The boat leaves at 8:30 a.m., if you are going to be on the boat, be there an hour early.
Want to get involved? Sponsor or volunteer — we’re currently looking for sponsors to send more kids fishing – click here to express your interest in sponsoring this event.
2017 Annual Kids Fishing Trip
Date: June 12th, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Landing: Marina Del Rey
Dock 52, Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA
Here are pictures from last year’s trip.