October 31, 2014

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Friday, October 31, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY KINCAID ALARM COMPANY! -

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun Friday – CornFusion Crop Maze and Fall Festival -

Friday, October 31, 2014

Stress Less Thursday – Need A Stress Reliever – Try Coloring -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 30, 2014 -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two Nursing Home Workers Arrested For hitting Man With Alzheimer’s -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Missing and Endangered Elderly Man From Frostproof -

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time to Get Ready for the Polk Senior Games for 2015 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

39 Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale Saturday November 1 from 8 to 2 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Traffic Update: Accident Hunt Brothers Rd and 11th St Lake Wales -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 29, 2014 -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wacky Wednesday – Woman Fakes Ebola At Hospital Emergency Room, Lands In Jail -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Driver Critically Injured In Early Morning Crash On West Memorial Blvd. -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Missing Teens Found – Young Man In Custody -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two Juveniles Arrested In Lake Wales Business Burglaries -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around…Chas Kincaid Coming Home for EP Release Party -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Man Decorated Home In Ebola Quarantine Theme -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – OCTOBER 28, 2014 -

Tuesday, October 28, 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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