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Four license-free fishing days begin April 7

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Grab your fishing rods and tackle box. It’s almost time – April 7 – to take advantage of the first of four license-free fishing days scheduled for this summer in Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott.
The days are perfect chances for parents, who don’t yet have a license, to take youth fishing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to the recreational pursuit without having to purchase a license.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) spread out the opportunities this year so more people will be able to head for their favorite lakes and rivers or saltwater destinations on designated days. Instead of providing one weekend for freshwater fishing and one weekend for saltwater fishing, the commissioners decided at their meeting in February to break up the days. You won’t need a recreational fishing license on the special days listed below.
Florida residents and nonresidents, mark these Saturdays on your calendar for 2012:
April 7 - Freshwater
June 2 – Saltwater
June 9 – Freshwater
Sept. 1 – Saltwater
All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. The license-free fishing designation applies only to recreational fishing, not commercial.
To make your free fishing day successful, check out MyFWC.com/Fishing.
Those who venture out may discover why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World and feel as if they are part of the sport’s business engine that propels a $7.5 billion economic impact and sustains 80,000 jobs.
Fishing, however, is much more than a money-generating sport. Nature-based recreation can make people happier and healthier. And it’s fun and relaxing.