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12:40 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first week of June marks National Fishing and Boating Week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is recognizing the week by offering free saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Recreational saltwater anglers can fish without a license on June 2 and freshwater recreational fishermen can take advantage of license-free fishing on June 9.

The two free fishing days are an opportunity for people to try their hand at casting without having to pay for a license before doing so.

Florida is one of 34 states offering license-free fishing June 2 through 9. Georgia is also one of those states.

Nick Wiley, FWC Executive Director, said, "Florida's license-free fishing is an excellent opportunity to share the fun, excitement and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family."

June 2 also marks the opening for harvest in Gulf and Atlantic state waters for red snapper.

If you'd prefer to try your hand at freshwater fishing, the FWC recommends going at dusk or dawn. They said if you do choose to go in the middle of the day, to look for shadows around piers or fallen trees. Bass and bream will often be found under floating vegetation and in other shaded areas.

If you are unable to make it out to the water June 2 or 9, the FWC is also offering a license-free fishing day September 1. That marks the start of bay scallop and spiny lobster seasons, the FWC said.

Bab limits, season and size restrictions still apply.

For more information, you can visit the FWC fishing information page where you can find locations and rules.

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