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Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics

Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics

One-day educational events for kids ages 5-15.

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Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics aim to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching youth the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, clinics teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide youth with a positive fishing experience.

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Photo of marine habitat station
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Youth learn through five saltwater fishing skill stations:

  1. Knot Tying
  2. Fishing Tackle
  3. Good Angler
  4. Habitat
  5. Casting

After approximately one hour of instruction, youth receive a free rod and reel (compliments of local sponsors while supplies last) and most clinics provide the opportunity to fish. And when you go fishing, please remember to Stash the Trash!

Since 1996, more than 52,000 children and 43,000 parents have participated. None of this would have been possible without the thousands of volunteers who have assisted in educating these young anglers about fishing techniques, marine habitats, ethical angling and conservation.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or hosting a clinic? Review our protocol or contact the Outreach and Education office at (850) 487-0554 or

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's involvement is funded in part by money from the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This national program collects money from excise taxes on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing equipment and boats, and taxes on motorboat and small-engine fuels.

Photo of boy with knot tied