Published: Nov 16, 2012 10:36 AM EST

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials are hosting a free women's fishing clinic in Crystal River.
    
The event hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday at Fort Island Trail Park.
    
An FWC statement says attendees will not only take home a lifelong hobby, but they will also leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment.
    
Participants will learn the basics: knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, boating safety, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.
    
Fishing equipment and bait will be provided. Advance registration is required, and the event is capped at 20 participants.

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