Casting Class Teaches Odenville Students Fishing Fundamentals

Give a kid a live fish and they might just have a hard time holding on to it. Teach a kid to fish and they will not only have an opportunity to connect with nature, but they can learn a way to have a lifetime of fun.
On March 4, 2009, third, fourth and fifth graders at Odenville Intermediate School in Odenville, Ala., were treated to a fishing class provided by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. In the school’s physical education period, students learned the most fundamental aspect of fishing – casting. Students were shown the pendulum cast and the standard overhead cast. For many of the students, this was the first time they had held a rod and reel.
According to Susan Mason, Odenville Intermediate Physical Education Teacher, the students were thrilled to have taken part in the class. “I overheard many of the students say this was the first fish they had ever caught,” Mrs. Mason said. “Wildlife-based outdoor activities such as fishing are excellent opportunities for our kids to get some exercise as well as bond with the adults who take them fishing. It’s just a fun experience for everyone.”
Fishery biologists in each of the state’s six districts can provide the casting classes free of charge. Teachers are encouraged to contact their district’s biologists well in advance of the time they would like to have the class. Equipment is also available for loan to teachers who would like to teach their own fishing program.
With more than 560,000 surface acres of major lakes, ponds and reservoirs, including 23 state-operated public fishing lakes, as well as 77,000 miles of rivers; fishing opportunities for children and their parents are plentiful in Alabama. For information about fishing licenses and where to fish in your area visit, or call (800) 262-3151.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit