U.S. Military Bases Take Kids Fishing Program to New Level

KETCHUM, Okla.  This year the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby
program will take its fishing events beyond the lakes and rivers of the
United States. Casting across the world's two biggest ponds, the Atlantic
and Pacific, organizers have scheduled derbies for 2003 at U.S. military
bases in Japan, Korea, Germany and England.

Hooked on Fishing Int'l (HOFI) of Ketchum, Okla. announced that fishing
derbies are being planned for the young anglers whose parents are stationed
at U.S. Air Force bases in Mildenhall and Lakenheath, England; in Yokota
and Okinawa, Japan; in Osan, Korea; and in Gembach, Germany.

More derbies in international venues may be announced later, said Gordon
Holland, executive director. But even as the international schedule
expands, so does the U.S. schedule. Holland said the world's largest
fishing program will schedule more than 1,700 individual fishing derbies
this year in all 50 states for up to 300,000 young anglers aged 6 to 16.
As with the U.S. derbies, Hooked on Fishing will rely on parents and other
adult volunteers at the U.S. Air Force bases to help manage the derbies in
England, Japan, Germany and Korea.  In the U.S., the organization enjoys
support from state fish and wildlife departments, parks and recreation
departments, chambers of commerce, YMCAs, fishing clubs, scouting groups,
and civic and service clubs.  Additional information regarding the program
can be found at the Hooked On Fishing Int'l web site, .