Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Florida Keys Kids’ Fishing Clinic.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Reef Light Tackle, Boy Scouts Sea Base, Fish Florida and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will present a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children ages 4-16 on Saturday, May 15. Registration will be 9 a.m. – noon. The clinic will be at the Brinton Environmental Center on Summerland Key.
This free event will enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with 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. Also, the clinics aspire to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants with a positive fishing experience.
Fishing equipment and bait will be supplied for children to use during the clinic, but those who own fishing tackle are encouraged 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 marina. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Mary Thomas at 305-872-7679 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.