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Double-take: Angler lands same trophy bass twice practicing catch-and-release

June 17, 2015 

On June 1, Robert Burnett caught-and-released a bass that weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. He resumed fishing, caught-and-released a 3-pounder and then caught another bass, or more acurately, the same 8-pounder he'd caught 15 minutes earlier. 

FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota

June 16, 2015 

The Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend. The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday start at 8:30 a.m.  

Man arrested for killing Key deer

June 15, 2015 

Grant Wilson of Big Pine Key was arrested June 13, for killing a Key deer. Wilson shot the deer with a pellet gun and hid the carcass in mangroves just outside of his property. 

Public invited to discuss proposed designation of Critical Wildlife Area at Cape Romano Shoals

June 12, 2015 

The FWC, in partnership with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, is hosting two public workshops to discuss the proposed designation of a Critical Wildlife Area at Cape Romano Shoals, also known as Second Chance, located approximately nine miles south of Marco Island in Collier County.  

FWC data show increase in bear population

June 10, 2015 

In the North BMU, the study shows the black bear population estimate is more than 500 bears, more than double the estimate from 2002. In the Central BMU, the population estimate is more than 1,200 bears, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous estimate. 

FWC, partners hosting boating safety event in Palm Beach County

June 10, 2015 

The boating safety event is from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 13, at Phil Foster Park, 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach. 

Man catches state-record blue catfish during tournament

June 04, 2015 

Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River, near Ebro, during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup tournament on May 30. He beat the previous state record by 5 pounds. 

Summer camp means the livin’ and fishin’ are easy

June 03, 2015 

Hosted by the FWC and partners, these clinics enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. 

Sturgeon collision on Suwannee River injures teen

June 02, 2015 

Heavyn L. Nash was riding with her mother and grandfather when a 4- to 6-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, hitting the girl, according to FWC officers. She was knocked unconscious.  

Free Nature Coast Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

June 02, 2015 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 at Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court in Cedar Key. 

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