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Free women’s saltwater fishing clinic coming up on St. George Island

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Posted at 1:41 AM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 03:53:00-05

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island on Feb. 3.

The free, daylong clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park at 1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr.

Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.

Participants will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in what a news release described as a laid-back atmosphere.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity.

Participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at local tackle shops or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

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