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Gainesville open house to gather input on FWC bass regulations

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Tell the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) what you think about bass-fishing regulations. Fisheries biologists with the FWC are looking for angler input.

An open house where anglers can voice their opinions will be March 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gary’s Tackle Box, 5721 NW 13th St. in Gainesville.

“This is an opportunity for anglers to provide their thoughts and ideas about Florida largemouth bass regulations. Should they stay the same? Should changes be made? You tell us,” said Allen Martin, regional freshwater fisheries biologist for the FWC.

The open house will enable the public to come in, talk to biologists and let FWC staff know what they think.

“Anglers are welcome to come into the open house at any point. There’s no set schedule. You can come in for 10 minutes or stay for an hour,” Martin said. “The open house format is casual and for angler input about bass regulations only. We want people to let us know what they think.”

Additional open houses are scheduled around the state as follows (all are from 5-8 p.m.):

March 19 – Ocala
Gander Mountain
3970 SW 3rd St.

March 22 – Lake Mary
Gander Mountain
3750 Flagg Lane

April 1 – Jacksonville
Gander Mountain
13075 City Square Drive

April 2 – St. Augustine
Gander Mountain
550 Prime Outlets Blvd.

April 9 – Tallahassee
Academy Sports
3122-9 Mahan Drive

For more information, go to the Largemouth Bass Regulations Review page at

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