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Children learn how to fish at Fort Clinch State Park clinic

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Children enjoy the excitement of baiting a hook, dropping the line into the water, feeling the tug of a fish as it takes the bait and reeling in their very own catch. Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach is holding a free kid's fishing clinic on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to help introduce young anglers to the sport.

The clinic will be held on the Atlantic Fishing Pier at Fort Clinch State Park and is open to children ages five to fifteen years of age. During the event, 500 children will receive their own rod and reel combo to take home with them. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to every participant.

Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc., Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Fort Clinch State Park are partnering together to present the clinic where children will have an opportunity to try out their fishing skills. Among the topics to be covered at the clinic are knot tying, fishing ethics, tackle, habitat and casting a line.

Fort Clinch State Park was established in 1935. One of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country which was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish-American wars stands in the park. The fort was never the site of any combat, however there is much history housed within the structure. Daily tours of the fort, where guests will find period reenactors, allow park guests to experience fort life.

Fishing is a popular activity from the pier or beach. Other activities include sunbathing, swimming, beach combing, hiking, cycling, nature trails, wildlife watching and birding. There is a full-facility campground and youth campground to accommodate overnight guests.

For more information about this event and the park visit the Fort Clinch State Park website.

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