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Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-732-1225

It’s time for the annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp. The derby will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, for children ages 6-12.

Advance registration is required, and space is limited to the first 100 children, who also get a free derby T-shirt. To sign up, call the FWC’s Ocala office at 352-732-1225 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays. The Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp is 8.5 miles north of State Road 40, off County Road 314 in the Ocala National Forest.

Everything the kids will need to fish, including cane poles, bait, and instructions, will be provided by the FWC. The kids will fish from a pier. For safety reasons and to avoid tangled lines, leave your rod and reel at home. New this year, the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department is donating a county park pass to the participant who catches the tagged fish.

In addition to fishing, there will be a casting contest, an arts and crafts activity and an all-time favorite called “Bugs and Critters.” In this activity, the kids get to wade into the lake with dip nets, and scoop up fish, bugs and other aquatic critters. An FWC biologist uses this experience to teach kids about the aquatic ecosystem. The kids will get wet, so they should bring a change of clothes and footwear.

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