Go Fishing Day: Best local spots and tips for beginner anglers

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Grab your rods and lures and head out to your nearest pond, lake or river because it’s National Go Fishing Day. 

National Go Fishing Day is observed annually on June 18. 

According to the National Day Calendar, this is a day to “take time from your daily routine to find a stream, pond, lake or river, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two.” 

Many anglers today enjoy the recreational pastime as a sport or sometimes for food. 

Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit how fish are caught.  

Some fishermen still follow fishing folklore. The stories claim fish feeding patterns are influenced by the position of the sun and the moon.

Recreational fishing gained popularity in the 16th and 17th century, according to the National Day Calendar.  

8 On Your Side’s Lila Gross set sail into the waters behind Hula Bay with Swift Fish Charters to learn how to cast a line from the Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp in Tampa.

For those just starting out, there are a few things you should know before heading out to the water.

Parker Rabow, Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp Director, said to check the tides and weather before you go. 

If you’re looking to get something to bite, decide what kind of fish you’re looking to target and get the proper bait.

Some of the best spots known to expert fisherman around town include Weedon Island and Picnic Island.

The Inshore Day Camps are usually $715 for a 5-day camp. Those are all filled for the summer but the Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp has other camps still open for registration. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp.

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