Free fishing clinic for kids

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Antonio Kilpatrick teaches Michael Jarmon how to cast at the FWC Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Panacea. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Kids’ Fishing Clinics are statewide events that introduce kids to saltwater fishing and ethical angling. File photo – April 21, 2012 Amanda Nalley

Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for Florida’s marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Palm Coast on July 19, 2014.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon July 19, 2014 at Bing’s Landing County Park, 5862 N. Oceanshore Blvd. These clinics are sponsored in part by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration.

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.

Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Mike Vickers at 386-569-9674 or the FWC’s Rebecca Lucas at 850-487-0554.

To find out more about taking a kid fishing, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education.”

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