Panama City Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic Set for June 7

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Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for Florida’s marine environment, and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Panama City Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, Half Hitch Tackle and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will present a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 16 on Saturday, June 7. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The clinic will be held at a new location this year, the Panama City Marina in downtown Panama City.  

This free event enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays provide participants 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 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 Ellen Baggett with Half Hitch Tackle at 850-234-2621 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.