Cabela’s in Gonzales is partnering with the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to hold a Kayaking Fishing 101 workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14.

The one-day workshop will walk beginners through the basics of kayak fishing.

“Cabela’s is definitely paying attention to the growing interest and participation in the sport by our customers,” Cabela’s Marketing Manager Melanie Boone said. “It’s a great way to get outside on the water and spend an afternoon with the family. It’s also great exercise, you can catch a wide variety of fish and best of all – it’s inexpensive.”

Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club Secretary Todd Lewis said kayak fishing has gained popularity in the past decade.

In 2005 the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club hosted Louisiana’s first kayak fishing tournament with around 25 participants. Last July, at the “Ride the Bull” tournament in Grand Isle spectators watched more than 420 people launch from a single location “to take part in the biggest single day kayak-fishing tournament the nation has ever seen,” Lewis said.

He called Louisiana a “paddler’s dream.”

“We have a gazillion places waiting to be explored and fished,” Lewis said.

The workshop will consist of approximately one hour of classroom instruction reviewing the basics needed to get started followed by hands-on work stations in and around the Cabela’s pond.

To register, email Todd Lewis at teelew33@hotmail.com. The class will be limited to 35 participants.

For more information, call Cabela’s at (225) 743-3400. Cabela’s at 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales.