April 23, 2014

Headlines Now:

Mother & Daughter Injured In Rifle Range Rd. Accident -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PURGE YOUR PILLS & SHRED YOUR STUFF -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lake Wales Public Library hosts Author Program on Tuesday, April 29 -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Man Killed In Accident On Thornhill Rd. -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rifle Range Rd. Shut Down After Bad Accident Send 3 To Hospital -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why is Good Friday Good? -

Friday, April 18, 2014

Identity of Man Killed In Fiery Hwy 60 Crash Released -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Truck Drivers Wanted – Bahamas Cruise Sign On Bonus -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Readers Want To Know What Is The Halo Around The Sun Today -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COOKING ON THE RIDGE – Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wacky Wednesday – Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands In China -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Florida Small Craft Brewers Under Attack From State Law Makers -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Polk Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Haines City Woman Allegedly Steals 250K From Lake Wales Employer -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lake Wales Retail Theft Arrests Since April 4 – Other Charges Explain Why LEO Go After Them -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Operation “Sticky Hands” Suspect Exposed By PCSO -

Friday, April 11, 2014

Female Body Found Near Car Of Missing Winter Haven Woman -

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Polk Woman In Critical Condition After Accident Where Alcohol May Be A Factor -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pedestrian Struck By Multiple Cars Dies In Lakeland -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Missing & Possibly Endangered Adult – Have You Seen Lynda Sorrell From Winter Haven -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Get your fishing equipment ready

Get your fishing equipment ready for 2013 license-free days

With more than 3 million anglers in the state, it is likely you either know someone who fishes, or you are someone who fishes. Either way, Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect venue to try your hand or introduce a friend to some of the finest fishing in the world.

During its Feb. 13 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, Sept. 1 as the 2013 saltwater license-free fishing days. On these days, the requirement to have a recreational fishing license is waived for Florida’s residents and visitors while they are saltwater fishing.

The FWC offers four license-free fishing days a year: two saltwater and two freshwater. While the Commission selects new saltwater license-free fishing days on an annual basis, freshwater license-free fishing days are set to the first Saturday in April and the second Saturday in June.

This year’s freshwater license-free fishing days are Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, June 8. Use these days to catch the big one and get rewarded for it. Sign up for an FWC freshwater angler recognition program in advance at www.TrophyCatchFlorida.com and you will be entered into a drawing for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury. If you catch, photograph and release a largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds, you’ll be eligible for great rewards or certificates for catching qualifying freshwater fish from among 33 exciting species in the program. The FWC will honor license-free freshwater fishing days as a legal exemption for fish caught on these dates.

To make these events accessible to as many people as possible, the FWC plans these dates around holiday weekends and national events.

This year’s June 1 saltwater and the June 8 freshwater license-free days are during National Fishing and Boating Week. Highlighted by significant national media coverage and public events, this week promotes boating and fishing across the country as fun and healthy outdoor activities. In 2012, 37 states had at least one license-free fishing day during this annual event.

The Sept. 1 saltwater license-free day falls on Labor Day weekend, when many families will be out on the water, enjoying one of the last big fishing weekends of summer. The ever-popular bay scallop season is also open to harvest on this date.

License-free days not only introduce new anglers to the lifetime sport of fishing, they also economically benefit the state as those 3 million anglers cited by the American Sportfishing Association’s “Sportfishing in America” report, shop at tackle stores, purchase boat fuel and bait and travel to their favorite fishing hole. Some of this money even finds its way back to the FWC via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program specifically to create more fishing and boating opportunities.

Go ahead and plan your fishing experience in advance. Ask friends to show you their favorite fishing spot. Get out the fishing poles for the kids (children under 16 are not required to have a fishing license year-round). Get ready to get into fishing in 2013.

But don’t forget, all other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply on these days. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn more about saltwater and freshwater fishing in Florida – from current regulations to fishing hotspots.

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