Coordinating the fishing logistics for all of your program participants is a huge undertaking. We recommend that as many of these logistical issues as possible be incorporated into the course as learning experiences.
Generally, the sooner you can pair your participants with their fishing mentor or guide, the better. This not only begins building a bond they can develop into a strong, long-term social support system; it also encourages the “team” to take charge of their own logistical planning.
In most situations, providing a list of equipment that participants need early in the program is a good start. However, a similar list of equipment that the program (or the mentor/guide) will supply is equally important. Obviously, the items on these lists need to be worked out well in advance so that nothing is left off. See the Equipment section for examples of equipment lists. In any case, clear communications is critical!
In a few situations, agencies and program partners loan participants critical pieces of equipment, or may provide all the equipment needed for the day. In addition, many states have fishing “loaner” equipment that is kept at schools and libraries that people can checkout and return. Keeping track of this equipment is an additional logistical burden, but may be a very important accommodation for new anglers that will help reduce any “equipment barriers” that may exist. This assistance may be the critical factor that allows a participant to continue to fish in the future.
Having a central place where everyone meets before, and potentially after the fishing trip is recommended. This helps build a sense of community, enhances social support, and provides an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences. Obviously, this is easier if everyone will be fishing on the same water body. However, it is also recommended in situations where multiple water bodies are involved, even if it involves extra driving for some fishing teams.