It's Free Fishing Weekend in Florida

If its been a while since you've been saltwater fishing or if you've never done it before this is the weekend to do it.

This weekend, June 4th and 5th, Florida is allowing you to fish in salt waters without a fishing license. In an effort to promote the sport and to take advantage of the recently opened Red Snapper season, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is allowing everyone a chance to try their hand a catching fish.

They are even having a kids fishing clinic this Saturday from 9 to 11 for kids whose parents are not fishermen. It will be at the Panama City downtown marina. They will be covering fishing techniques, fish identification and fishing etiquette.

The no license fishing program will also be available on Fathers Day weekend. Even with the loss of the license revenue, the FWC’s Stan Kirkland says the hope is to boost the 5 billion dollar a year fishing industry in the state of Florida. "Fishing is a huge, huge business in Florida .It's a revenue generator here in this state and we're trying to do everything we can to help that and that's why we're having two free weekend to urge people to take advantage."

Kirkland says to make sure you check which fish are not in season so that your trip will be an enjoyable one.

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