Children of all ages showed up to learn the ins and outs of fishing Saturday at El Centro's Wal-Mart.
They learned how to tie various knots to hold hooks, how to cast and fish safely.
Manuel Aceves, public works director for the city of Brawley, taught the knot-tying and told the basics about the sport. He demonstrated, by using a child to pull the line, how to set the proper amount of drag on a reel so a fish doesn't pull out all of the line, yet not so tight that when a fish is hooked and turns away it doesn't break the line.
He also told them a properly tied fishing line knot will be about 95-98 percent as strong as the line itself.
One of those who brought children to the fishing clinic was El Centro resident Aide Alquijay, whose son, Brandon, 4, goes fishing with his father. Alquijay said although some things might have seemed too difficult for Brandon to do, she could see he was able to tackle them at the clinic.