Wetting a Line in Long Beach

LONG BEACH — The Sportfishing Conservancy, the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), Vamos a Pescar (Let’s Go Fishing) and Amigos del Aire Libre (Friends of the Outdoors) hosted nearly 50 Southern California youth and their families to a day of pier fishing at Belmont Pier in Long Beach.

The “Pesca on the Pier” event featured all participants engaging in what organizers called “the time-honored tradition of ‘wetting a line.’” All participants reportedly caught a fish.

“For many, dipping a line to tempt smelt, tomcod, mackerel and other inshore species was a first-time occurrence – and one much-needed in a world where electronics and digital entertainment have largely replaced genuine outdoor experiences,” a released statement about the event said.

Pesca on the Pier aims to engage local Latino youth and their families in recreational fishing” by helping them “foster a love of the outdoors and create better understanding of marine conservation.”

Organizers added events such as Pesca on the Pier are put on to attract as many Latinos to fishing as possible, while also promoting conservation.

Contact the Sportfishing Conservancy at 805-895-0000 or visit sportfishingconservancy.org for more information.

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