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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic with kayaking coming up in Apollo Beach

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Apollo Beach on May 7. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, 529 Estuary Shore Lane.

Advance registration is required.To register or get more information, email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems – all in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more. Newly added for this location is an introduction to kayaking and kayak fishing. 

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from kayaks. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.



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