Suffolk County Executive Bellone Announces Sport Fishing Instruction Class

Eight-Week Course Covers Techniques, Tackle Selection, Hot Fishing Spots, Safety Measures and Fishing Trip.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

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Suffolk County, NY - November 16, 2017 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation will offer a Sport Fishing on Long Island eight-week instructional course this winter. 
Classes will be held on Tuesday nights beginning January 9, 2018 from 7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. in the Media Room of the H. Lee Dennison Building, located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge. Flexible make-up classes are also possible for individuals who have conflicting schedules. The regular course fee is $145 per person, with discounts available for children 14 years-old and younger and accompanied by a paid adult registrant for a fee of $90.  Veterans or Senior Citizens 65 and older will be charged a fee of $110.00. Optional fishing field trips will also be offered at an additional cost.
“Whether you are a first time fisherman or bringing the family, this training course will provide our residents the skills they need to enjoy the beautiful bodies of water in our region,” said County Executive Steven Bellone. “Participants can look forward to learning many techniques to sharpen and improve their skills for catching a variety of fish right in our own backyards.” 
Captain Jerry McGrath, a former Montauk charter skipper, avid fisherman and experienced, acclaimed instructor will give first-hand instruction and tips for planning a rewarding day of fishing.  Captain McGrath designed the classes to educate novices as well as the more advanced anglers in all areas of fish finding, bait and lure selection, chumming, fishing locales and “hot spots”, anchoring, tackle selection, knot and rig tying, and safety.  Students will be treated to the extensive use of audio-visual materials including Power Point slide presentations, videotapes, and detailed handouts. Throughout the course, experienced and expert charter captains will serve as guest speakers, and will address the class participants on dates to be announced. 
For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact the Suffolk County Parks Department at (631) 854-4947.