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Learn the Art of Surf Fishing on Free Fishing Day July 6

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Ranger Ryan Stead is one of three National Park Service rangers who will be leading a free surf fishing lesson as part of the state's "Free Fishing Days" on Saturday, July 6.
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Date: June 24, 2013
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

MALIBU, Calif. – An opportunity to learn or improve your surf fishing skills will be offered by the National Park Service on Saturday, July 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. The event is one of two "Free Fishing Days" sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

"Surf fishing is one of the many exciting recreational opportunities in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area," said National Park Service ranger Ryan Stead. "This is a chance to learn from a few park rangers who enjoy the challenge of the sport."

The rangers will provide free training and limited bait, with the added bonus of not needing a sport fishing license. All you need is a rod and reel and $12 for Leo Carrillo State Park's parking lot.

Meet at the north beach of the park. For more information, contact Ryan Stead at 805-370-3176.

DIRECTIONS: Leo Carrillo State Park is located at 35000 West Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo. 

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Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.