Crystal River free Kids’ Fishing Clinic set for Feb. 23

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Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Crystal River Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will present a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children ages 5-15 on Saturday, Feb. 23. Clinic times are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. The clinic will be held at the Fort Island Gulf Beach Fishing Pier. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling CCPR at 352-527-7677.

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand. Kids’ Fishing Clinics promote 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, the clinics aspire to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait will be supplied for children to use during the clinic, but those who own fishing tackle are encouraged to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to pre-registered children. If conditions allow, participants will have an opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a catch-and-release activity, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Francine Nobles with CCPR at 352-527-7677 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.

Contacts:  Francine Nobles, CCPR, 352-527-7677;
Gus Cancro, FWC, 850-488-6058