I sincerely believe that the only hope of salvation for our passion lies within our future generations. We must install in our children our passion for fishing, for the sea and for being steadfast and righteous stewards of our oceans and their contents. Though it sounds like a Herculean task, it doesn't have to be. All it takes is time and attention. A case in point: I recently spent time at the Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament in Beaufort, North Carolina. Families of all types and financial strata come together for several days of both inshore and offshore fishing — together. And when back on shore, the event focuses on honing the kids' fishing skills, piquing their interest in the fish, the art associated with it, the sense of competition and above all, Tred Barta's sense of right and wrong. The event works on the honor system; if you say you caught it, then you did. Not a penny goes to a competitor or a staff or Tred himself. All the proceeds benefit children who truly need it at the Boys and Girls Club. Within the next year or two, we hope to reach our initial goal of raising a million dollars for the boys and girls.