The Fishing Foundation (TFF) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.  TFF was established in 2010 by long-time competitive angler Dennis Knowles, President of one of the oldest African-American bass fishing clubs in the country, North Coast Bass Anglers Association (NCBAA).  After organizing a number of free fishing events for NCBBAA and seeing the enthusiastic response by adult and youth attendees, Knowles realized the need for an organization dedicated to enriching people’s lives through the sport of fishing.

As a non-profit organization, The Fishing Foundation offers individuals and community organizations, especially those in underserved communities, free fishing from shore in a safe, secure setting under supervised conditions.  In addition, The Fishing Foundation offers affordable fishing opportunities for corporate clients and businesses.

Before wetting a line, participants undergo training and education on fishing tactics, water safety and conservation, casting, fish habitat and handling.


Communing with nature

Bonding with family and friends

Learning organizational skills

Gaining an appreciation for the environment

How to work with others