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Free family fishing day held at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Youth and families are invited to learn the basics of saltwater fishing for free Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, 6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach.

This free family fishing event, which is available to participants 7 years and older, is limited to 30 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now by emailing

This event will loan participants all the necessary gear and tackle, and have instructors there to teach casting, knot tying, choosing lures and bait, and creating basic fishing rigs as well as how to throw a cast net.

The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, is a marine-focused conservation education center on the shores of Tampa Bay that provides exciting learning opportunities for youth and families. It’s part of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, an FWC program dedicated to Creating the Next Generation That Cares about fish and wildlife conservation. This successful program works with 350 partners to introduce kids throughout Florida to fishing, boating, shooting sports and wildlife discovery.

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