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Fishing is great with
a little help!

...a hook and a line and the fishin's just fine!

Family Fishing Days

FFS hosts monthly events that provide families the opportunity to fish together in a safe and fun setting at the 7 heavily stocked "catching ponds" on the grounds of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Anglers can expect to catch bream, largemouth bass, and channel catfish up to 10 lbs, and volunteers are on hand to help with baiting hooks and releasing fish.

Fishing For Success will have its next Family Fishing Day, Saturday, September 27th (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.), at the UF fishing ponds. As always, all family members, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to participate! We offer a railed fishing deck, with two handicapped accessible ramps for those with disabilities who enjoy the thrill of fresh water fishing! Come for a morning of fun, family-oriented, fresh-water fishing.

The Family Fishing Days are free, open to the public, and catch-and-release. The fishing starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. There are seven stocked ponds with channel catfish, bream, and largemouth bass. We will have loaner poles and bait (hotdogs, cut liver, and bacon) available, but everyone is welcome to bring their own equipment and bait.

Check the 2014 schedule, above left!

In an effort to support our program, we are collecting aluminum cans and used printer toner cartridges for recycling. If you could save and bring your cans and used cartridges, we would greatly appreciate it!

For directions, please check out our 'Map to Ponds' link at top left. For more information about Family Fishing Days, download our PDF for 2013 Information.

Please DO NOT RSVP unless your group is greater than 10 people. If there are more than 10 people in your group, please email sharfc@ufl.edu with your name and how many adults and kids will be attending. We respectfully ask that you leave your pets at home for all events.

Of course, we can't guarantee the weather, but we can promise that we'll be there to help you have a wonderful fishing experience (barring heavy rain).

Don’t miss your chance to catch a big fish at the UF ponds!

Sharon Fitz-Coy, FFS Events and Education Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
SFRC, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
(352) 273-3622
sharfc@ufl.edu   



A young angler shows off his casting technique at the casting contest.

This is what it is all about - family time!

Hannah catches her first catfish at the FFS ponds (Sept., 2012)!

Our Fishing For Success events would not be possible without the hard work and time given by the many people who volunteer to help during the event.  This group of volunteers assisted during the July, 2012 Family Fishing Day.  (Erika, our 2012 FFS Events Coordinator, is front row, left in the picture.)

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