SGYAA Group 1: First week with our families, and (almost) everyone caught a fish!

 

    Hello to everyone following SGYAA’s inaugural family fishing group’s progress! Each week, following our Saturday meetings, we will be posting a review of what we did and how things went for that day, as well as what we plan on doing the following week. Once the blog is edited and ready to post, we will provide links to the various social media sources people are using to follow our progress. The blogs will be written by Forrest, our founder, and from his perspective. Thank you all for your interest and support in SGYAA and our mission to help families learn the basics of angling with the hopes they will find a hobby they can enjoy doing together and strengthen their personal relationships.

    

I don’t think I could have hoped that our first week would go so well. It is no secret that this is a new venture for myself, our board, our volunteers, sponsors, and families. Personally, I was extremely nervous. My idea was an hour long orientation with explanation of the rules, legal stuff, tons of paperwork to read, and just hope that the kids wouldn’t be bored out of their minds. Fortunately for our group, things didn’t go as I planned Saturday morning, and that awful idea was scrapped about 10 minutes before meeting. Instead, we had the parents sign the appropriate waivers and forms while giving a quick explanation of what to expect. Within 20 minutes, we were in our vehicles and on our way to the State Park to cram as much fishing as possible in the time we had left. The hope was that if we could get these kids and their parents catching a fish as soon as possible, they would look forward to getting back out there the next week.

    While future weeks will have more time spent showing them how our volunteers got them set up and ready to go on their own, this week their rigs were put together by our volunteers so they could get bait on the hook and in the water. It wasn’t long before Keith White, one of the parents, was reeling in our first fish of the day: a little spot. Once Keith proudly proved to the kids that there were actually fish in the water, it was game on. Rich King and Eric Marsh, my two helpers that day, were pretty busy showing everyone how to drop line, feel a bite, hook a fish, and reel it in. Even though not everyone caught a fish, most did within the hour we had of formal instruction. After I informed everyone that our block time was up, but they could continue to fish with us as long as our volunteers were there, most of the families decided to stay. We took the additional time to do a little more explaining of what bait we were using and what we could catch with it.

    Unfortunately, we didn’t have much action after 11:30am or so. However, I was really impressed with the patience everyone had once things had slowed down. Most everyone stayed until noon and said they looked forward to our next outing together this upcoming Saturday.

    Overall, I am really optimistic about how well future outings will go. The few mistakes that were made on the administrative end will be learned from before Saturday so we can assure the families as much time actually fishing as possible. Since our activities are contingent among weather, tides, and current fishing trends, our scheduled outings are tentative. Most likely, the next meeting will be at the Henlopen Pier with a little more instruction on how to get their rod setup, what fish are around the pier, and what a rig/bait to use for their desired fish.

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More info for our first fundraiser!!

 

Ropewalk Oyster House in Fenwick Island is hosting the first fundraiser dinner for the SGYAA on April 2, 2014. Tickets are $25 in advance. There will be a buffet style dinner consisting of their famous wings, frutti di mare, tortellini salad, special orzo, and Ted from Broadwater Oyster Company will be shucking his staple oysters for only $1. Soda, tea, coffee are included, but for those looking for an adult beverage, don’t fret! Ropewalk will be offering drink specials just for us, as well as their happy hour menu all evening.

There will be a silent auction of items donated by area businesses. The items we’ve collected so far range from $25 to $400 in value and include everything from lunch for two, to Avon Baskets, fishing gear, jewelry, wines, and packages for overnight fun for couples. We have also been given a 6 course dinner for 6 with wine pairing at Liquid Assets. The list is growing FAST and we will be posting specifics on our website as items come in.

Other things to look forward to include a 50/50 and door prizes that won’t disappoint.

Since we know that everyone has different times they can attend, we have opened the doors from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, so if you can’t make it right away, you still have plenty of time to enjoy the great food being offered. The silent auction will end at 8:15 to allow us time to announce the winners before the festivities conclude. Credit/Debit/Cash/Check are all acceptable forms of payment for winning bidders and cash only for 50/50.

Tickets are available from the following:

ONLINE through Solid Ground Youth Anglers Association

http://www.sgyaa.org/shop/

Contacting Forrest Moyer: (302) 448-5764 or email- forrest@sgyaa.org

Visiting Ropewalk Restaurant:
Open Thur & Fri @ 4:30pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am
700 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
302-581-0153

Visiting Beach Waves
Hours
Tue – Fri: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
17252 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, Delaware
(302) 827-4377

***Only the online store is able to accept Credit/Debit, so please bring cash or make checks payable to “Solid Ground Youth Anglers” if purchasing at location.

All proceeds raised from tickets and the fundraiser will go towards purchasing gear/equipment our young anglers and parents will need and covering fees required to operate our program in the state of Delaware (ie: fishing licenses, park permits, form filing fees).

If interested in volunteering, sponsoring, donating, or have general questions, please contact:
Forrest Moyer (302)448-5763
or
Josh Ostasewski (302)362-2566

Hope to see you there!

SGYAA is ready to take you and your child fishing

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Miss Juli waiting to catch the big one

This is miss Juli, trying to catch the big one just like her daddy. Children want to participate in the activities their parents are involved with. Sometimes a parent has little time to do things with their child, or even decide what to do at the time, and when the time comes for an outdoor activity they are at a loss of what, when, how, and where. The SGYAA can teach you to fish and have fun with your kids.

Attention Parents … Do you or someone you know have a child they would like to take fishing? Are you looking for that “thing” to do with your Children, that you can all get into and have fun? We have the gear you need, the volunteers to help you learn, and are willing and able to create a fun atmosphere for you and your child to learn the joys of fishing. A sport that will teach your children respect for their environment, and create a lasting relationship between parent and child. You will be amazed at the things you can do in the great outdoors of Delaware. Fishing is one of our greatest past times that can be shared. If you are interested please contact Forrest Moyer or Rich King,send an email to .. admin@sgyaa.org

The SGYAA board of directors

Solid Ground Youth Anglers Association

Ry's first time in the surf

Ry’s first time in the surf

Welcome to our new website.  We will be updating everyone with events we have planned and you can  also follow us on our Facebook page.  Tournaments this year will also be announced and from time to time we will keep you updated with everything we are planning.  We would like to thank Delaware Surf Fishing for helping us launch this site and getting us started.  DSF has agreed to help us organize and host tournaments for the kids and their parents this year.  We have a lot planned for the coming season.  WHAT IS SOLID GROUND YOUTH ANGLERS ASSOCIATION?  Solid Ground Youth Angler’s Association (SGYAA) is a non-profit where volunteers, mentors, and community sponsors provide children from ages 5-12 and their parents an opportunity to build a stronger personal relationship with one another while learning and experiencing the joys and challenges of fishing.

We are also looking for any fishing gear and supplies that you folks could donate.  We will have sponsorships available for the organization soon.  We appreciate everyone’s support in the last 2 days when we launched this organization.  We will also have a donation button added to the website.

 

Thank You

Forrest Moyer

Josh Ostasewski