Participants in the Kids’ Fishing Clinic will learn fundamental saltwater fishing skills.
Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Crystal River on Feb. 24.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Island Trail Park, 12073 W. Fort Island Trail.
These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.
Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.
If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. To register visit Citrus County Parks and Recreation website.
Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Maci Kepler at 352-527-7540 or FWC’s Elizabeth Winchester at 850-617-9644.
To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater and select “Kids Saltwater Fishing Clinics” option under “Education.”0