The 35th annual Kids Fishing Tournament at Calaveras Lake on Wednesday gave children with the Boys and Girls Club a chance to learn about fishing and boating safety.
About 40 children took part in the event. For many of them, it was a first time experience.
"We have a whole lot of kids who don't have the advantage of going fishing and boating and we try to provide some of the services," said Hank Hildebrand of the Flotilla Boating and Fishing Club, "It's really inspiring to see some of the faces."
There are prizes for the biggest fish caught. However, for most of the children, the event was the first time they had fished. Taivon Lee learned that fishing requires a lot of waiting.
"Fishing, you have to be patient, you know, it's kind of hard," Taivon said.
Taivon was on a boat with two other children and an instructor. The group didn't catch any fish on their first run, but they now have a memory to last a lifetime.
"The experience alone, the experience of boat riding, and getting out here, that's enjoyable without catching fish," Hildebrand said.
The event was sponsored by The Flotilla Boating and Fishing Club in cooperation with Academy Sports and Outdoors and Bob Laxson Co.