The Magic of a Kid’s First Fish, “Lines in the Lagoon” Youth Fishing Tournament, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

My "first fish", a puffer, Indian River Lagoon. (Family album, 1968.)
My “first fish,” a puffer, Indian River Lagoon. (Family album, 1968.)

Some things never change, like the wonder of a kid catching his or her “first fish.”

I still remember mine.  A puffer fish! It was 1968, and my parents took me fishing along the Indian River Lagoon…

Fishing is a powerful  experience for a young person. There is no better way to teach youth how to appreciate and protect the St Lucie/Indian River Lagoon than by “taking a kid  fishing.”  It is well documented that hunters and fishermen/women are some of our county’s most outspoken and powerful conservationists.

In keeping with this Treasure Coast fishing legacy, on October 18th, 2014, something really remarkable is happening.  Kids in our area have organized a fishing tournament for kids! The event is called “Lines in the Lagoon.” (!about/mainPage)

This fishing tournament is meant to turn kids on to fishing; raise awareness regarding the pollution problems of the Indian River Lagoon; and raise money for two great organization that help the river: ORCA ( the Everglades Foundation, (

Vero Beach freshman high school student, Quinn Hiaasen and his friends organized the event. Quinn is obviously on his way to “stardom” himself, but it must be mentioned that his father is none other than satirist and writer Carl Hiassen, (, a well-known proponent of our rivers and Everglades. Quinn’s mother, Fenia, has also been working for the event and assisting her son for months– “spreading the word” and communicating  with River Kidz momz  here in Martin and St Lucie Counties. Martin, St Lucie, and Indian River counties are one, as the lagoon knows no county lines or political districts; it is a Tri-county tournament.

Early on, Mrs Hiaasen let us know that pre-fishing/fishing tournament events included:

September 6th: LAGOON CLEAN UP DAY

From what I am told by River Kidz mom, Nicole Mader, the group is also working on displaying  a “responsible fishing tent” to teach children care with fishing line and hooks, as careless discarding of such is a serious threat to wildlife and of course the tournament is primarily “catch and release.”

"Lines in the Lagoon" fishing tournament, Oct 18, 2014.
“Lines in the Lagoon” fishing tournament, information, Oct 18, 2014.

Isn’t this a great thing?

So sign up…

Support the kids; support conservation; and support the Hiaasen family!

And remember, by taking a kid fishing, you are creating future advocates for our Indian River Lagoon.


Sign up here/ “Lines in the Lagoon” web site: (!about/mainPage)

Planet Vero Radio show with Quinn Hiaasen and his friends who organized Lines in the Lagoon:(  (In time, this link will expire.)

TC Palm article on event: (


3 thoughts on “The Magic of a Kid’s First Fish, “Lines in the Lagoon” Youth Fishing Tournament, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. Once again, great article.

    Just wanted to let you know I am entering this in our Event Calendar on our “Things To Do” page.


  2. Funny Facebook comments on this blog:

    Cristina Maldonado What a great picture!
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    Irene Nethery Gomes Love this photo!
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    Leigh Ann Neild Brogan Cute love the puffer fish and your shoes. Lol. Oh and your curls
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    Rhonda Biglin Rosselle the peachy color life preserver, matches those cutie peachy cheeks..
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    Paula Hammond O’Neal Awww , so cute.
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    Jody Bond It’s your beautiful head of hair!!
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    Tracy Chase Barnes No pants?
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    Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Tracy I wondered about that too and the beer can at my feet. At least my parents put me in a life-vest!
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    Tracy Chase Barnes True, that’s most important – sorry I missed that that was a beer can!
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    Joy De La Vega We grew up much differently back in the day…my pic has a token beer can too lol!!!
    Joy De La Vega’s photo.
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    Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch OMG Joy De La Vega I love your picture! A classic.
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    Joy De La Vega I could dig up so many more. It’s been so wonderful growing up on the water here in Stuart.
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    Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

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