To go fishing as a child is something almost every Floridian experiences and few memories are as powerful or cherished as catching that first fish. The reason is simple – the pure joy of being on the water with someone who cares enough to share their time and passion for fishing.

Recreational fishing, both saltwater and freshwater, is an important tradition that provides life-shaping experiences for children of all ages. We want to continue making fishing a safe and enjoyable experience that every Floridian can pass on to the next generation.

The future of our natural resources is in the hands of our youth as well as parents, extended family, teachers, and friends who help to mold kids’ ideals and values. Recreational fishing is an American tradition that has long been valued for the peace and tranquility it provides to those who wish to escape the pressures of life for a few blissful hours. Fishing is also a great time to reconnect with family and friends. New anglers soon become hooked on the excitement of fishing and get a boost of confidence as they develop their skills.

In addition, children and adults who spend time outdoors learn to appreciate nature and better understand our fragile environment. That investment creates stewards who are interested in knowing the role they play in conserving and enhancing our resources. With that knowledge, they can begin to make more informed choices about their daily activities that affect the environment as well as influence others to value and enhance our natural resources.

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