Summer Jam youth hook plenty of fish

Published 9:46 am Friday, August 3, 2018

The extreme rain in the Hampton Roads area resulted in the annual Kiwanis Fishing Day Clinic being changed from Tuesday, July 24 to Tuesday, July 31. But even as rain threatened to be present for most of the week of July 30, it did not show up for the new date.

The program is sponsored each year by the Kiwanis District – Southeast Region and took place on the James T. Wilson fishing pier at Buckroe Beach in Hampton.

Wesley Brown of the Smithfield Club, who serves as the event chairman, was well pleased with the weather and the number of youth that showed up.

The youth of Franklin Summer Super Jam were very successful in catching their share of the fish. Jaden Thomas hooked about eight fish, and because of the different types of fish that he caught —  a summer flounder, black sea bass, grey trout, toadfish and a crocker — he is eligible to receive a junior angler award.

This annual program is for area youth from ages 8 to 12 to experience a great day of environmental education, fun, fellowship and fishing.

They are given the educational session and the safety portion of the event by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 of Smithfield.

They had youth to play a game that allowed the children to know the environmental effects that different types of trash has in the water.

All youth upon retiring from the pier were treated to a hotdog lunch noon all compliments of the Kiwanis Club.

The Franklin Summer Super Jam program is sponsored by the Franklin Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Virginia & the Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation.