Jennifer Dome King
June 4, 2023
At the Bassmaster Classic, fishing might be all about competition, but to Malik Wilder fishing means one thing: Finding Inspiration, Sharing Hope.
His organization was started about six years ago in New Jersey, where he learned to fish as a kid on the Rahway River, Milton Lake and other local waters. “I was inspired by my dad when I was younger, who introduced me to fishing,” Wilder said.
Now he’s brought his program to the Atlanta metro area. He’s teamed up this year with Male Creed, a youth mentoring program, and will teach about 30 children from Meadowcreek Elementary School in Norcross, Ga., how to fish. Over seven Saturdays, Wilder will teach fundamental lessons of fishing and life: patience, preparation, respect, teamwork, focus, opportunity, success and safety. The first lesson will include going to Bass Pro Shops to learn the economics of fishing and the different baits, rods, reels and other equipment.