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.”