What a turnout at the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences annual Family Fishing event on Veterans Day. There were 363 attendees including 26 veterans and their families who enjoyed casting, catching and releasing during the annual Fishing For Success (FFS) Family Day on Veterans Day.
The event also featured a BBQ hot dog lunch sponsored by Publix Supermarkets.
Raffles for Veterans and for each child in attendance included prizes such as rods and reels, vintage fishing lures and hats.
FFS hosts monthly events (March through November) that provide families the opportunity to fish together in a safe and fun setting in our six catching ponds on the grounds of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Anglers can expect to catch bluegill, red-ear sunfish, warmouth bream, largemouth bass, and channel catfish up to 10 pounds.
Free loaner fishing poles and prepared, bagged bait were distributed. Participants also found live bait by dipping nets and collecting it from the ponds.
Family Fishing Days are free, open to the public, and catch-and-release. Volunteers are on hand to help. Folks with little or no fishing experience are encouraged to attend. Volunteers enjoy showing novices the ropes.