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A day on the water at Fish Camp

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 10:42 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There’s a saying, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If that’s the case, Captain Garrison Rosie has helped feed dozens of kids for life. Captain Rosie runs Reel Rosie Inshore Charters.

He also runs a camp for kids interested in learning more about fishing.

“Fish Camp is something to get the kids out and get them involved in the summertime and kind of introduce them to fishing, take them fishing. Kind of show them things, kinda teach them little things here and there,” Rosie said.

Rosie teaches kids how to first catch baitfish. Once that’s all said and done, he takes the kids out where he has the best luck finding fish.

On this trip, Camper Jackson Kent told us he loves fishing.

“I like to fight the fish a lot, cause it gives me anticipation on whether I’m gonna be able to bring it home and eat it or if it’s going to live the rest of its life with a hook in its mouth,” Kent said.

Also on the charter, Brennan Dilbreath says he enjoyed the thrill of the unknown.

“It’s a surprise you don’t know what you’re going to catch,” said Dilbreath.

One of the many lessons on the water, always expect the unexpected.

“All of a sudden we catch a King Mackarel, and a Bonita, then five seconds later we catch a shark so, it’s just, with fishing you never know what you’re gonna catch especially out here saltwater fishing,” Rosie said.

While the camps are usually full of fishing, Captain Rosie also takes time to teach the kids about the water that they live so close to.

With school set to resume soon this was the last summer camp for Rosie. He is planning to continue the camps next year and is even considering adding camp days in the fall.

For more information on how you can sign up for one of Rosie’s charter trips, visit his website or Facebook page.

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