Freshwater fishing opportunities April 2-3 in Florida
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Media contact: Bob Wattendorf, 850-488-3831
Spring is a wonderful time for freshwater fishing throughout
Florida. For starters, the weather tends to be especially
comfortable. In addition, most sunfish - including bass, bluegill
and redear sunfish - are in the shallows this time of year and
fairly easy to locate. The stars must have been aligned, because
this winter and early spring, freshwater anglers have been telling
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that
fishing is outstanding.
If having fun and the chance to catch a fresh meal are not
enough incentives to go fishing this weekend, there are plenty of
other reasons. According to a series of studies published in the
June 2010 "Journal of Environmental Psychology," being outside in
nature makes people feel more alive. The research showed that the
sense of increased vitality was more than just the energizing
effects of physical activity or social interactions.
"USA Today" reported last month that doctors and pediatricians
are even writing nature prescriptions for families as part of a
program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
National Environmental Education Foundation. The scripts say: "Rx
for healthy and active outdoor living." As with all prescriptions,
the benefits of active, nature-based recreation, such as fishing,
If you are still hesitating, this weekend is the time to go.
Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish in public fresh
waters across the state without a license during the weekend of
April 2 and 3. All other fishing rules apply.
The Florida Legislature and the FWC designated the first full
weekend in April each year as Florida's Free Freshwater Fishing
Weekend. This coincides with Children & Nature Awareness
Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for
experienced anglers to share their love of the sport with family
and friends. It is also a perfect opportunity for those who don't
regularly fish to take a child who has asked to go fishing.
So pull out those old rods sitting in your garage, borrow one,
or buy an inexpensive fishing kit and head to the nearest fishing
hole. Just being outdoors, away from the TV and phone, and talking
together while you await the next bite will make it a worthwhile
Also, join thousands of anglers who have taken the Anglers'
Legacy Pledge by visiting AnglersLegacy.org and entering partner
code FLFWC. Anglers' Legacy is about sharing, by making a promise
to introduce somebody new to fishing, one of America's most popular
The FWC and Get Outdoors Florida! (GetOutdoorsFlorida.org) encourage everyone,
especially children, to connect with nature this weekend.
Recreational fishing is the No. 1 gateway activity to increase your
overall involvement in outdoor activities. This weekend, you can
learn why Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." Not only
has fishing been great this spring, virtually every Floridian is
within 45 minutes of a freshwater fishing opportunity.
to learn about fishing regulations in Florida, places to go, or
fishing tips for your adventure.