DNR’s family fishing event draws 100 entrants

Since 1991, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division has hosted the Golden Isles Family Fishing Event in support of Georgia’s Free Fishing Days and National Fishing and Boating Week.  This year, the June 7 event attracted more than 100 entrants plus family and friends who enjoyed a morning of fishing and fun at the Sidney Lanier Park Fishing Pier.

Open to children ages 5–12 year old, the 2014 Golden Isles Family Fishing Event continued a 24-year tradition of support for National Fishing and Boating Week. Young anglers were introduced to recreational fishing through mini-workshops on knot tying, rod and reel maintenance, water and outdoor safety. Flounder, spot, Atlantic croaker, oyster toadfish, sea robin, Southern kingfish (whiting)were caught during the three hour event. At the close of fishing, a picnic lunch was served.

Couldn’t take advantage of the June 7 Free Fishing Day? You still can fish FREE …start making plans to get out and go fishing on Free Fishing Day — Saturday, June 14 and Saturday, September 27. And remember you can fish anywhere in Georgia – freshwater or saltwater — without a fishing license on those days. All other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day, including season dates, and size and bag limits.

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