Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics

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Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics are one-day educational events for kids ages 5-15 established by the Outreach and Education section of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, FWC.

One of the main goals is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, we hope to teach fundamental saltwater family fishingfishing skills and to provide kids with a positive fishing experience.

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At the clinics, the children go through five skill stations: Casting, Knot Tying, Fishing Tackle, Good Angler and Touch Tank. After approximately one hour of instruction,  children will receive a free rod and reel (compliments of local sponsors while supplies last), and at most clinics, will have the opportunity to fish.

Boy showing knotSince 1996, more than 52,000 children and 43,000 parents have participated. None of this would have been possible without the thousands of volunteers who have assisted in educating these young anglers about fishing techniques, marine habitats, ethical angling and conservation.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or hosting Adobe PDF a clinic? Review our protocol Adobe PDF or contact the Outreach and Education office at (850) 487-0554 or

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's involvement is funded in part by money from the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This national program collects money from excise taxes on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing equipment and boats, and taxes on motorboat and small-engine fuels.



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