Grab your rods and lures and head out to your nearest pond, lake or river—it’s Go Fishing Day on June 18. Many anglers nationwide (and worldwide) participate in this recreational pastime for sport or sometimes for food.
Fishing enthusiast and former Orlando Sentinel reporter Mark Blythe said he most enjoys it for the excitement and uncertainty each fishing trip brings.
“It’s the sense of adventure and the unknown,” Blythe said. “You never know when you’re going to hook into that trophy fish.”
Blythe’s favorite spots for catching fish in Central Florida include Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the St. Johns River, the Lake Conway Chain of Lakes and Sebastian Inlet.
Blythe also said that amateur anglers can try fishing in ponds in their neighborhood, try to cast in shallow waters and the best times to fish are at dawn and dusk.
In the state of Florida, fishers over the age of 16 are required to have their own fishing license. Florida residents can get a yearlong saltwater or freshwater permit for $17 or a combination license for $32.50. Other licensing options are available at myfwc.com.
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