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Dana Wharf kids free clinic and half-day fishing trip a great opportunity for 'brothers'

March 10, 2010 |  3:00 pm

Bill, left, and his 'Big Brother' Joe Egender aboard the sportfishing vessel Sum Fun.

Bill never had an opportunity to try sportfishing. The 13-year-old had nobody to try such activities with, until about five years ago when he met his "Big Brother," Joe.

While not related to Bill, 33-year-old Joe Egender is his "brother," thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which Joe joined shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New Orleans, where he spent a year teaching inner-city children.

"Sportfishing sounded like fun, and Dana Wharf had this great offer," Egender said.

The great offer he's referring to is a free dockside fishing clinic offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Held every Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m., participants have the opportunity to learn hook-tying and other useful angling skills and techniques. Although the class is geared toward children, adults are more than welcome to join in to get pointers.

After the clinic, children will be able to try out their newly learned skills on a free half-day fishing trip. With each paid adult admission, one child will be allowed on the boat at no charge and enjoy complimentary use of a rod and reel if necessary. 

"We must thank all the 'Joes' in this country that take the time to support, love and uplift kids like Bill," said Donna Kalez, Dana Wharf Sportfishing general manager. "Dana Wharf Sportfishing is honored to provide fishing trips, whale watching trips and other cruises and activities to kids like Bill from all over the world to create lifelong memories."

Reservations are not necessary, but there are some blackout dates in the summer when neither the clinic nor the trip will be available, so those interested should contact Dana Wharf for more information.  Dana Wharf Sportfishing is at 34675 Golden Lantern in Dana Point. The phone number is (949) 496-5794.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Bill, left, and his 'Big Brother' Joe Egender aboard the sportfishing vessel Sum Fun. Credit: Dana Wharf Sportfishing

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