Borrow a Rod with the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

By:Marie McAden

Date:12/27/2012

 


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 Pro​gram. Visitors at Hunt​ing Island State Park and Edis​to 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

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