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Family fishing day offered at Tuscawilla Park

News Release

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

For some real family fun, head over to Tuscawilla Park in Ocala on Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. until noon, for the 11th annual Free Family Fishing Day. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the city of Ocala and Miller's Marine present the family-oriented event.

There will be a special area just for kids, where the FWC will stock channel catfish raised at the Florida Bass Conservation Center.

"Although we call the sport 'fishing' and not 'catching,' there's a pretty good chance of pulling in a nice catfish during the event," said Marty Hale, the FWC's regional freshwater fisheries biological administrator.

Some cane poles and bait will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Food will also be available for purchase.

Everyone is welcome to come out to Tuscawilla Park to try a little fishing and help celebrate Florida's Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend, April 2-3. Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish at Tuscawilla and all public fresh waters across the state without a license the entire weekend. All other fishing rules apply. 

For more information on Family Fishing Day at Tuscawilla Park call the FWC at 352-732-1225 or Ocala Recreation & Parks Department at 352-368-5550.



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