Take Me Saltwater Fishing

The Take Me Saltwater Fishing program supports youth community leaders by providing free adult angler workshops, saltwater rod and tackle loaner gear, and training materials.
Take Me Saltwater Fishing!

Take Me Saltwater Fishing Workshops

These 4-hour long workshops have been developed for fishing club members, youth program leaders, classroom teachers, community members, and parents / family members who enjoy working with children and like to fish, or would like to learn. Potential models include after-school fishing clubs, summer camps, school-family events, Scout groups, church groups, and Captains. Anyone interested in taking youth saltwater fishing are welcome to join the workshops!

This workshop will cover:

  • Casting technique and instruction
  • Saltwater gear setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Pre, during, and post fishing trip activities
  • Fishing trip preparation and safety
  • Responsible angling practices

Additional Resources for

Free To Fish Gear Loan Program

No fishing rods? No problem! We have saltwater fishing rods and tackle you can borrow at our Gloucester and New Bedford offices for use during youth angler events field trips. There is no charge to borrow the equipment -- just enjoy your day of saltwater fishing in Massachusetts!

Participants in the Free To Fish program need to complete:

  • A Take Me Saltwater Fishing! Workshop OR A Free To Fish program Consultation 
  • The Free To Fish program application form

Contact Information

For additional information, including workshop schedules, printed Youth Fishing Guide requests, and Free To Fish loan gear please contact Christine Cassidy at christine.cassidy@mass.gov 

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