No rod, no tackle, no license — no problem

Lone Star Outdoor News

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Surf fishing at a Sea Rim State Park clinic is about as close to free as you can get.

For the $3 admission price to the park, visitors can attend a free fishing clinic the second Saturday of every month March through October. Rods, tackle, bait and instruction are provided at no extra cost.

“You don’t have to pay for anything,” said Nathan Londenberg, park superintendent. “It’s been going good. The biggest issue we’ve had is weather.”

Londenberg said the popularity of the program has grown since it began 3 years ago. In May, the clinic attracted 25 children and 15 adults. The anglers can catch a variety of gulf fish, including croaker, redfish, flathead catfish, black drum, sheapshead and sharks.

The first year of the clinic, Londenberg remembers an 18-year-old girl fishing for the first time who hooked a 4-foot shark. Afterwards, fishing hooked the girl. She and her family enjoyed it so much, they went out to a local sporting goods store that same weekend and purchase fishing gear.

The next class is scheduled for July 8.