Have you ever wanted to learn how to fish? Fishing is a lifetime sport where lasting bonds are formed and passed on for generations to come. What better time to start your family’s fishing legacy, then now?
What: Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic
Where: Hirsch Conservation Education Area at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
When: Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Who: Arizona Game and Fish Department in partnership with Anglers United
Why: To educate Valley families on fishing skills in a free fishing clinic and to honor the legacy of Brian Pinney.
This wonderful, first-time event will honor a great man in Arizona conservation, the late Brian Pinney was an avid sportsman that was recognized as a leader in the wildlife conservation community, and was very passionate about sharing those skills with future generations.
Outdoor recreation was something very close to his heart that he enjoyed passing on to others by providing one-on-one mentoring with families throughout his lifetime. He was devoted to introducing families to fishing and hunting and preserving the outdoor heritage. This annual fishing clinic will serve as a legacy that honors all of his contributions to Arizona’s wildlife resources.
Kellie Tharp, Education Branch Chief of the Arizona Game and Fish Department said, “We all came together to develop this annual clinic to honor Brian’s contributions to Arizona conservation. Many folks that knew Brian, as well as his family and colleagues from wildlife conservation organizations will be at the event on Saturday to pay tribute to him in a small ceremony with a commemorative plaque to be placed at Biscuit Tank.”
This clinic is for all ages; open to anyone who is interested in learning how to fish. Free loaner equipment and bait will be available, as well as mentors on site at the lake for assistance.
Once participants are introduced to the equipment and learn some fishing skills, they can get hooked for a lifetime! There are many lakes and rivers in Arizona, along with the statewide urban fishing program, and this clinic will give fishing enthusiasts the knowledge and skills to go out and enjoy fishing on their own.
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We hope to see you and your family at the lake on Saturday for the Brian Pinney Fishing Clinic!
To get to the Hirsch Conservation Education Area, take I-17 to Carefree Hwy, head west on Carefree Hwy., and turn right into the main entrance at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (Black Canyon Blvd.) Follow the road as it curves to the left. Take the first right into a parking lot, and then take your immediate right. The road will turn into dirt. Pass the Indoor Range and head toward the Hirsch Conservation Education Area. You will see a parking lot in front of the center, and a pond will be on your left.
For more information, call (623) 236-7219 with any questions.