Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Fishing, Faith, and Fun

About Us

Fishing, Faith & Fun is a Bible based fishing program and part of the recreation ministry of Idlewild Baptist Church. Our annual six-week program begins the second Saturday of January. Each session is two and one-half hours long and is composed of classroom instruction and hands-on fishing lessons on IBC’s property. Children ages 7-15 are welcome and parent participation is encouraged. Online registration is available between November 1 and December 31 or you may pick up an application at the Welcome Centers or church office.


Our Programs

Fishing Faith & Fun is a three-year program offering basic, intermediate and advanced instruction for children and their parents. The basic program teaches children two methods of fishing along with fish habitat, natural baits, fish biology, conservation and regulations. The intermediate program is for returning children who are placed into special classes and taught the use of artificial baits and a third method of fishing, fly fishing. Professional fishermen assist in the program as guest speakers. Both the basic and immediate programs participate in a fishing tournament, fish fry and graduation ceremony on the sixth week. Fishing, Faith & Fun offers a four week, three hour Saturday advanced program for children that have completed the basic and intermediate programs. The advanced program will pair one child, one parent and one teacher in a 14’ aluminum boat with electric trolling motor and all fishing will be on IBC’s Lake Reinheimer. Children will be taught safe boating, navigation, charting of the lake and use of all forms of artificial baits. Teachers will also assist children in learning necessary concepts to pass the Florida Safe Boating Exam.

Latest Updates

  • Registration for Fishing, Faith, and Fun is currently open. This program teaches basic fishing skills including casting, reeling, equipment selection, and education on conservation, environment and fishing regulations. Taught by certified instructors with the opportunity to fish directly on Idlewild property with different poles and lures, FF&F is a must......

  • If I Could by Fred Houck Fishing, Faith & Fun Teacher If I could, I would add another “F” to Fishing, Faith and Fun. It would be Family. My interest in fishing began with my Dad and older brothers taking me fishing as a young boy. When my Grandson, Jensen,......

  • “You Don’t Need a Boat to Catch Big Fish” by Cris Malott Since I was a Kid I have loved to go fishing. Not only did I love to go fishing, but I loved everything about fishing. I can remember when I would get a new lure, and tie it......

  • Fly Fishing by Bob Malott Introduction Fly fishing has become a lost art. Because of the way it has developed in the last few years, it has become considered a fancy sport which is used only by the more affluent. Fortunately this is not truly the case. One can begin......

Our Team

Scott Nieman

Scott Nieman

Minister - Recreation Outreach (813-264-8728)

Campbell Middlebrooks

Jacob Martin

Director - Recreation Outreach (813-264-8728)

Amanda Carrow

Ministry Assistant (813-264-8759)