Fernandina Beach Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic Set For June 14

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A young angler tests his new fishing skills at the pierTeaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Fernandina Beach Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, Ft. Clinch State Park and the Sport Fish Restoration Program present a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children ages 4-16 on Saturday, June 14. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The new location of the clinic is in Jacksonville at the north end of the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, with parking on Amelia Island.

Participants have the opportunity to touch live marine animals and learn the importance of habitat at the Touch Tank Station.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 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.

Young anglers learn the value of technique and safety at the Casting Station.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, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Individuals or companies interested in helping to sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Marie Bucher with the DEP at 904-277-7233 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.