1. Find a site!
Things to consider when looking for a site:
Parking/Handicap Access: Does the site have suitable parking and
Access to salt water: If you plan on fishing during your event,
access to salt water is important
Space: Does the site have enough space to accommodate the number
of participants/volunteers you are expecting?
2. Recruit volunteers.
It is up to you to provide enough volunteers to run your
event. The FWC recommends at least 2 volunteers per
station. Some good resources for volunteers in your area are
local fishing clubs, the Boys and Girls clubs, Kiwanis and Rotary
clubs, 4-H, local charter boat captains, and church
3. Identify and recruit sponsors, if
Sometimes it is possible for you to secure funding for your
event through sponsorship. Past sponsors have included local
restaurants and businesses, local sporting goods stores, and local
bait and tackle shops. There are also funding programs
available through the Fish Florida organization. To view
these opportunities, visit:
4. Decide what supplies you will need for
the event and procure them.
If your event will be outside, you may want to get tents to
shield your volunteers and participants from the sun. Tables
and chairs for the volunteers (or picnic tables) should be provided
for each station.
If needed, you can work with your local fire and sheriff's
departments to request paramedics and security to be on site for
the event. It is a good idea to provide water and shade,
especially during the hot summer months. You should clearly
mark where water is available, and make sure all your volunteers
are aware of the locations.
Contact local schools and other youth groups to inform them of
the event. You may also want to contact the local media to promote