Panama City free Kids’ Fishing Clinic set for June 6

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Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Panama City Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, Half Hitch Tackle and the Sport Fish Restoration Program present the clinic for children, ages 4-14 on Saturday, June 6. Registration will be 9 a.m. - noon. The clinic will be at the Panama City Marina in downtown Panama City.

The 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.

Organizers will provide fishing equipment and bait for children to use during the clinic, but they encourage youngsters who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of free rods and reels will go 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, 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 Ellen Baggett with Half Hitch Tackle at 850-234-2621 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.