Panacea Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic Set For May 31

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

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla County, St. Marks Refuge Association and the Sport Fish Restoration Program present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 16 on Saturday, May 31. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. The clinic will be held at Wooley Park in Panacea. 

This free event 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 with 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 participants upon completion of the clinic.

If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the dock. This event is a photo 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 Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058 or Lori Nicholson with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at 850-925-6121.