April 2, 2011

Donate Your Old Fishing Rod & Reel to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Spring is here and with it comes ideal fishing weather. If you plan to invest in new equipment, think twice before throwing out your old rod and reel. Rick Wilkinson, a surf-fishing instructor at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, volunteers his spare time rebuilding donated fishing gear. He then hands over the good-as-new rigs to area youth and adult groups.

The refurbished equipment goes to groups like Big Buddy, Community Boys and Girls Club, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, and St. Mary’s Social Ministry. “I really like bringing old fishing gear back to life,” Rick says. “And if a fishing rod I reworked can make someone’s life a little happier, then that’s just great.”

How to Donate: Anyone wanting to donate a used rod and reel can drop the gear off at the Aquarium Visitors Service Desk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day. Even an old tackle box is welcome, especially if it has some lures and tackle inside. Please ensure that the rod and reel is in somewhat workable order and has no missing parts.

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