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Free fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sponsoring a free freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area (FMA) in Lakeland on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No fishing license is required on this particular weekend, but participants must register in advance for the derby. The $3 daily use fee for Tenoroc FMA is also waived for those participating in the derby.

The FWC wants to hook aspiring anglers and their families on the thrill of fishing. During the April 5-6 weekend, residents and nonresidents alike are exempt from Florida's freshwater fishing license requirements.

Former Sen. Paula Dockery will preside over the festivities while Big and Wild Outdoors Radio 1010 with hosts Braden Gunn and Glenn Kinman will broadcast live on site.

Derby Lake, a 17-acre phosphate pit stocked with catfish, is the special event site. The lake has three fishing piers and a 200-foot boardwalk for fishing that is accessible to mobility-impaired anglers.

Bait will be provided free to kids 15 years of age and under. A limited number of loaner rods and reels are available to this age group. Older anglers must supply their own bait and tackle.

There is a casting contest and lunch is provided free, courtesy of Publix. Additionally, there are a number of free, hands-on activities for the entire family provided by FWC partners with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.

Register before the event by calling Joyce Ellerbe or Trina Heil at 863-648-3200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians must accompany children.

If you would like more information on freshwater fishing, visit and select “Freshwater Fishing,” or call the FWC’s Lakeland office at 863-648-3200.

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