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It's a program designed for those new to the sport of fishing. And it's free. A hands-on classroom along the banks of Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park.

"Here are the small mouth bass, the large mouth and the fish I warned you about," said fishing expert Steve Staley, pointing to pictures of fish found in the lake.

The Saturday morning session was one of four summer learn to fish classes sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and hosted by the Outcast Bass Club of Hanover.

The three hour class covered the basics of fishing, including choosing proper lures, tying hooks to the line and effective casting techniques.

"When you cast, hit the button on the reel and it'll stop the line there, dead in its track," Staley told the group.

And before they moved to the lake to try out their newly learned skills, there were words of caution and safety.

"Always be aware of where you're pointing the end of the rod," Staley said. "Many people are hurt by misguided fishing hooks."

Staley said the Outcast Bass Club got involved in the program as a way of introducing more people, especially youngsters, to the proper way to fish.

"Most of the people that we get here just have no idea how to get started," he said. "And that includes parents who don't know how to cast or put a worm on a hook."

"If you can get a kid out and get him to a spot where he's going to catch fish," he added, "he's probably going to keep fishing."

Persistent on shore winds limited the catch that morning, but the few that were brought in were cheered by the instructors.

Although the classes mostly attract young people and adult supervisors, they have had students as old as 92 try their hand. The rods, reels and bait are provided by the club.

For more information: www.dcnr.state.pa.us

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