This Father's Day - think fishing
Friday, May 21, 2010
Media contact: Bob Wattendorf, 850-488-0520
Make this Father's Day one for families, summer fun
and tradition by going fishing in Florida, the Fishing Capital of
the World. Surprise Dad with a family fishing outing and a 5-year
freshwater fishing license, or give him an opportunity to catch a
Florida bass worth a million dollars.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC), partnering with the Get Outdoors Florida!
Coalition, encourages families to enjoy the pleasures of
recreational fishing in Florida. Besides, June is Great Outdoors
Month, officially designated by President Barack Obama and many of
the country's governors, including Florida's.
"Great Outdoors Month will encourage cooperative
conservation and new technologies to help ensure America's outdoors
remain places where families and friends can learn, exercise and
create meaningful memories," said Gov. Charlie Crist.
Other special outdoor designations in June include
National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National
Get Outdoors Day and the Great American Backyard Campout.
Visit GetOutdoorsFlorida.org to learn about events
scheduled in Florida.
If you buy a 5-year freshwater fishing license, the
FWC will send a special incentive package with free tackle,
publications and fishing accessories. A 5-year license costs just
$79, plus a convenience fee, and while you have your license, you
won't have to worry about future fee increases. For most, that's
barely a dollar per fishing trip, for healthy, relaxing recreation
that allows Dad to connect with family and friends in a fun,
stress-free environment. Maybe he'll even take home a free meal or
The bonus package includes "hook, line and
- Free hooks from Tru-Turn and Owner; and jigs from Fish
- A free spool of Spiderwire fishing line from Berkley;
- Lead-free sinkers from Bullet Weights;
- Biodegradable lures from Fish Bites and Stubby Steve's;
- Catch-and-Release (Sure Life) for your livewell;
- A retractor for your angling tools (Power Pole);
- Instructions and special "Fishhook Removal String."
Also in the package is literature to help plan a
safe-and-sustainable fishing trip and coupons for:
- Fishing or paddling trips (Bass Online, Canoe Outpost),
- Educational programs (Ladies, Let's Go Fishing);
- Fuel supplements (Fuel Medics) for your boat motor; and
- Polarized fishing sunglasses (Ocean Waves).
Five-year licenses are available at
MyFWC.com/License or by calling 888-347-4356. If his license
hasn't expired, you can order a 5-year license now and set the
effective date for up to 60 days after purchase. The package
typically arrives in three to four weeks, so act now to have it by
This offer will be available through Father's Day;
however, to make sure you are one of the first 3,000 and get the
package, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing now.
Here's another option: the million-dollar bass.
BountyFishing.com provides anglers an opportunity to compete in
fishing contests to win cash and prizes from their favorite fishing
spots. To promote catch-and-release fishing, BountyFishing uses
FBI-strength image-analysis software to validate winners based on
catch photos. They also host an online fishing community that posts
photos, shares stories, and discusses fishing topics. For a free
trial offer of an Internet-managed fishing tournament, visit www.bountyfishing.com/FL. BountyFishing will
share part of your tournament fees with the Wildlife Foundation of
Florida, Inc, a non-profit, public support organization that
enhances FWC conservation efforts.
BountyFishing shares information with the FWC as
part of the FWC initiative to create a new Black Bass Management
Plan. The plan is being developed with input from the public (see
MyFWC.com/BassPlan_Survey) and will require a variety of innovative
data sources to document current and future conditions. FWC
biologists are certain a largemouth bass exceeding the current
official record of 17 pounds, 4 ounces (set in July 1986) is
waiting to be caught. In 2008, an 18-pound, 8-ounce bass was caught
and released in Florida. It exceeded the record but was not
certified by an FWC biologist (nor was a 20-pound, 2-ounce hawg
hooked in 1923).
To encourage bass anglers to catch and properly
report the next state record, BountyFishing is hosting a Million
Dollar Bass Bounty. The contest is open to anglers legally fishing
in any public body of water in Florida from July 5 to Aug. 1.
Sign-up costs $7 per day or $19 for one week, but the first 1,000
will receive a 50-percent discount and pay just $38 for all four
weeks. To sign up for the Florida Million Dollar Bass Bounty or a
free June fishing tournament, visit www.bountyfishing.com/FL.
Take your pick: invite Dad out for a fun fishing
outing this Father's Day, buy him a 5-year license and get a bunch
of fishing goodies, or sign him up for a BountyFishing.com
tournament. Whichever you choose, you'll help him reconnect with
nature and a great American pastime while sharing quality time
relaxing on the water together.