De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinics

Fishing Clinic
Park Rangers and children are fishing on white sand beach with boats and a cross in the background

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De Soto National Memorial Rancho Fishing Clinics

The Rancho

Historically, the waters surrounding De Soto National Memorial have been fished for centuries. First, by native peoples who stretched their long nets out into the centers of rivers and bays to reap the bounty that the seas provided. Later, the Spanish came and utilized this same resource as a lucrative industry. Spanish and Indian fishermen came up from the Spanish colonies of the Caribbean and established small camps and villages along the shores of the Gulf and Atlantic. These ranchos would become the basis of a longstanding tradition of recreational and commercial fishing in the waters around Florida. Today, fishing is the largest recreational past time in Florida.

De Soto National Memorial offers the De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinic. In this program, we take 10 participants to receive education and instruction on ways and techniques for saltwater fishing. Each camp starts with a basic introduction to fishing rods, reels, lines, and lures. Proper knot tying techniques are shown and practiced so your catch won't slip away! Casting, one of the trickiest and important parts of fishing, is practiced in a fun and safe way. Participants try to snag backyard bass on the lawn, and refine their casting technique. Finally, everyone will receive a crash course in identification of native fish species and the Florida rules and regulations that go along with each fish.
After all of this has been learned and practiced, it is then time to apply this knowledge by going fishing. Park staff will assist you on your first fishing experience in the park. We provide the rods and the baThis free fishing clinic is available to children and adult ages seven and up. Come out and learn from our park staff about tackle, gear, casting, knots, and regulations. Then we take you out fishing to test your skills in the waters around the park.

All children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian over the age of 16. Please wear comfortable clothing, sandles, a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water. Camps will run from 9:30am to 1:00pm, with breaks for lunch and snacks. Additionally, parties are limited to one booking date as space is limited.
it. This program will give you a great tackle box of knowledge and skills going forward so that you will be able to go out and experience your own outdoor adventures.


Fishing Clinic Sign-up

De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinic is designed for children and adults ages 7 and up. We will have scheduled Fishing Ranchos throughout the year, check and Social Media sites of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for future dates. One parent or guardian must accompany the child to the clinic. To sign up please check out our site on or please click on this link.

Last updated: May 18, 2022

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8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


941 792-0458 x105

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