Fishing for fun, and getting hooked

There are lots of kids who have never experienced the joys of fishing

There are lots of kids who have never experienced the joys of fishing, especially kids whose families are struggling to make ends meet.

That’s where Fishing For Fun comes in. “It’s all about smiles,” said Dave Pedersen, FFF facilitator for Ladysmith. “Fishing For Fun is a non-profit group that donates gear and creates fishing opportunities for low-income families.”

Started by Mike Lawrence in Nanaimo, Fishing For Fun came into Pederson’s frame via Social Media. “After talking with Mike I wanted to join the group and aid in their efforts any way I could,” he said.

Pedersen volunteered for a few events, just to get his feet wet, and before he knew it, was hooked.

“I fell in love with the idea,” he recounted. “Being born and raised in Ladysmith, I thought what a great opportunity for families in-and-around the area.”

Lawrence was already working overtime to keep up with activities in Nanaimo, so Pedersen took on the facilitator’s role here.

“I decided, with some direction from Mike, that I would open a branch of the group here in Ladysmith,” he said. “With both branches we are able to help each other out and make each event or fund raiser successful.”

The Ladysmith FFF has already handed out fishing kits to a few families; donated a fishing package as a fund-raiser for a local girls fast pitch team; and donated rods for the Father’s Day bass derby held at Zuiderzee Campsites on Quennell lake.

That’s a start Pedersen is keen to build on. “The ball is just getting rolling here in Ladysmith,” he said. “Our first bottle drive is in the works and we look forward to handing out many kits in the near future.”

You can contact Pedersen at 250-245-1127 or fishingforfun.ladysmith@gmail.com.