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Kids in Greenville to get 'reel' experience learning how to fish

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Mayor McLendon with new fishing buddies (Source: WSFA 12 News) Mayor McLendon with new fishing buddies (Source: WSFA 12 News)
GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

There's a new batch of fishermen/fisherwomen getting ready to learn the craft and they've got their rods and reels ready to go.

Kids with the City of Greenville's summer youth program are preparing to learn all about one of nature's oldest hobbies with the help of the City, the Butler County Extension Service, the Alabama Black Belt Adventures and legendary fisherman Ray Scott.

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon stopped by the sporting goods department of the local Walmart with a group of youngsters eager to hit the water, helping the campers select fishing poles for an upcoming expedition.

Walmart donated the fishing gear as well as prizes for the event.

"Let's take kids fishing, take them outside, deer hunting," the mayor said. "We live in a wonderful country. The state of Alabama is full of recreation, and these kids need to know about it."

Organizers say the goal is to teach fundamentals of fishing and to make it fun for children. Scott, who is the founder of B.A.S.S., will be on-hand to give hands-on fishing tips.

The Dunbar Day Camp Fishing Expedition is Wednesday, July 23 from 9 until noon at American Legion Pond in Greenville.

Along with receiving fishing tips, campers will compete for prizes and participate in fun activities.

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