Forgot you fishing rod? Borrow one for free from the DNR
Posted 12/27/2012 1:35:00 PM
You don’t need to pack your fishing pole to enjoy that favorite of recreational pastimes in South Carolina. The Department of Natural Resources will lend you one for free — and the tackle to go with it. All you need is the bait and a SC fishing license.
You can pick up a spin-cast rod and reel at any of 30 sites located across the state. Almost every state park with a freshwater pond or lake participates in the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program
. Visitors at Hunting Island State Park
and Edisto Beach State Park
have the option of borrowing gear for surf fishing as well.
Along with the fishing rod, you’ll get a tackle box with a bobber, hook and split shot. Worms and crickets — the recommended bait — are usually available at nearby tackle stores. Some parks offer them on site.
For newbies, instructions on tying knots, rigging a line and bait will be provided.
“It’s a chance for those who have never laid a hand on a rod and reel to try it out before they go out and buy the equipment,” said Lorianne Riggin, aquatic education coordinator for the SCDNR. “Or if you’re visiting a state park and forgot to bring your gear, you can still go fishing.”
Unless there’s a high demand for the rental poles, there is no set limit on how long you can keep the gear out. For more information on the program and a complete list of sites, click here