The Huntington Beach Fishing and Recreation Club participates in a host of volunteer events each year.
The “Fish with the Force” event was started in 2017 and is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) and supported by the Huntington Beach Fishing and Recreation Club (HBF&RC). The event is designed to give elementary aged school children the chance to get outside and learn about the scientific aspects and the sport of fishing.
On January 27, 2023 the LA Times wrote an article about Fish with the Force 2023.
Fishin’ mission: Kids learn ins and outs of angling at HBPD’s annual ‘Fish with the Force’
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDF&W) support the event with their Fish in the City educational program and the stocking of Carr Park Lake with hundreds of fish for the kids to try and catch. The Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach provided food for the event.
On January 27th 2023 the event had two, 5th grade classes of students from Saint Bonaventure School walk to the nearby park for the Fish in the City classes. Soon afterwards, the children were able to fish for Rainbow trout that had been planted by CDF&W into the lake at Chris Carr Park.
After fishing, a hot dog lunch was provided by the Kiwanis for all the children and the volunteers that were running the event. Twenty-five members of the HBF&RC were at the event to help the children learn to fish and teach them about the sport we all love. A great time was had by everyone at the event and we are looking forward to our next event hopefully this spring.
Additionally, Club members have supported Scout troops by mentoring them with fishing techniques for many years. Eagle Scout Troop #1 honored one of our members with a memorial plaque.