School of Fish, a fishing class for upper elementary and older kids, recently concluded their 2013 open-water “school year” by hosting their 22nd and final event in Alexandria, MN. Those 22 schools resulted in 458 School of Fish (SOF) graduates!
Taught in a fast-paced, fun environment, SOF kids learn about lakes and fish and also learn to tie a fishing knot and rig their own fishing set-up. Additionally, kids leave class with their own rod & reel, tackle pack, and more!
Not only was SOF a big hit amongst kids, but adults loved it too.
“My son is a kid that doesn’t love to sit in school and things are usually boring. Last night he came home and said Mom – that was so awesome….He loved your class! What a cool class to offer kids!” said Amy Reidinger, a Montevideo, Minnesota parent after her son graduated from SOF.
SOF is offered to fishing/sportsman’s clubs, civic organizations, and retailers. The School is designed as a turn-key opportunity that provides all the materials and does the work, while the local group gets the recognition of providing a great opportunity for their community. “Our Walleye Club hosted a school and we loved it!” commented Artie Arndt, president of the Big Stone Lake Walleye Club in Ortonville, MN.
“Kids received great fishing instruction, got their own rods & reels, and are excited about fishing. Plus, it had a great public relations benefit for our club!” Arndt concluded.
Mike Frisch a professional angler and one of the SOF founders was quick to praise sponsoring partners who helped make the events successful. “Lots of local groups stepped up and saw the value in teaching kids in their community about the great sport fishing is,” Frisch offered.
“Plus, we had awesome support from fishing industry companies and others committed to kids and fishing,” he continued. “They made sure SOF graduates had the rods & reels, tackle, snacks, and other essentials to make their initial fishing trips successful and enjoyable,” Frisch concluded.
KLN Family Brands, Soderholm Insurance, Larson Boats, Northland Fishing Tackle, and Shakespeare Fishing are 2013 SOF sponsors.
Based on the success of the open-water SOFs, a School of Fish On Ice class is now being offered as a 3-hour ice fishing class where kids will learn about finding and catching fish under the ice and, will include instruction on using winter sonar/GPS units. Several On Ice schools are already scheduled with the initial schools to be held in November.
More details regarding School of Fish and School of Fish On Ice, including an information packet, can be secured by contacting Mike Frisch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (218) 731-8141. School of Fish is also on Facebook, with additional information available at www.mnschooloffish.com.