THE PORT of Fuengirola has played host to its 15th ever children’s fishing contest, organised by the town council and El Puerto Sports Partnership.
The event was launched by Fuengirola’s Councillor for Sports, Pedro Cuevas, accompanied by Rafael Lebron and Cristobal Bosquet, president and vice-president of the Sports Fishing Society El Puerto, respectively.
Cuevas explained, “this Saturday the Department of Sports will help celebrate the end of Fuengirola’s 175th anniversary with a fishing contest for children, which is a tradition now in its 15th year.”
Speaking before the event, Lebron explained, “with the help of the council we are going to give each child a medal and diploma and I think it will be a lovely day for them and give them memories they will cherish forever.” Bousquet added “we usually get around 100 children taking part and give also give them all a t-shirt.”
The event’s aim is to encourage fishing among the youngest and a monitor was on hand to explain how to put to use hooks and bait, amongst other lessons. All fish caught were released back into the sea as fishing is not allowed in the port. Children are taught about the type of fish they have caught before they are released.
Children were given a fishing rod, bait and all the necessary equipment during the contest, which was aimed at those aged between 6 and 12. Cuevas described the event as “a way to get children involved in a sport like fishing.”