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License free fishing day - September 6, 2014

Two yellowfin caught on the Gail Force, out of Long Beach, on July 27 this year.
Pam Sharp

Every year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife sets aside two days allowing people with fish without holding a valid California sport fishing license.

The first of those days this year has already passed. It was on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

The second one is coming up in a few weeks, Saturday September 6, 2014.

If you love to fish, you probably also enjoy the thrill of taking a friend and introducing them to the sport as well.

This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend to sport fishing! The program includes both freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout the state of California.

Local saltwater fishing has not been this good in years, with kelps filled with yellowtail, and yellowfin tuna being caught offshore on 3/4 day boats out of Los Angeles County harbors. With kids back in school, passenger loads on the local boats are usually a little lighter as well.

If you've never fished before and always wanted to try it, a license free day offers the opportunity for you to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors, with a little break on some of the cost of that adventure.

"While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license."

Visit California Department of Fish and Wildlife for complete information. The site also provides detailed information on current sport fishing regulations.

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