Want to learn to be a better fisherman?

The Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation will offer a 10-week instructional course called “Sport Fishing on Long Island” this Winter.

Captain Jerry McGrath of Wading River, a former Montauk charter skipper and avid fisherman will give first-hand instruction and tips for planning a rewarding day of fishing.

Mr. McGrath has designed the classes to educate novices as well as the more advanced anglers in all areas of fish finding, bait and lure selection, chumming, fishing locales and “hot spots.” He also gives advice on anchoring, tackle selection, knot and rig tying, and safety.

Guest speakers, many of whom are experienced and expert charter captains themselves, will address the class participants on dates to be announced. Optional fishing field trips will also be offered at an additional cost.

Classes will be held on Monday nights from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 21 in the media room of the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.  Flexible make-up classes are also possible for those people who have conflicting schedules. The regular course fee is $130.00 per person, with discounts available for children who are 17 or younger and accompanied by a paid adult registrant ($85.00), and senior citizens 65 and older ($105.00).

For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact the Suffolk County Parks Department at (631) 854-4947.