FWC News Release

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises a day of learning and fun

Contact: Gail Gainey, FWC (850) 488-6058
or David Moody, St. Marks NWR (850) 925-6121

Teaching kids a lifelong hobby and appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the goals for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The FWC, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla County, St. Marks Refuge Association and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children 4-16 Saturday, May 19. Registration will be 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The clinic will be at Wooley Park in Panacea.

This clinic enables youngsters to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental exhibits will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand. Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive toward several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. Organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait will be available for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. Sponsors will provide a limited number of rods and reels as gifts for participants who complete the clinic.

If conditions allow, kids will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a catch-and-release activity, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact David Moody with the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge at (850) 925-6121 or the FWC’s Gail Gainey at (850) 488-6058.

To find out more about taking a kid fishing, go to MyFWC.com/Marine/FishingClinics.