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Free FWC Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics

Learn how to saltwater fish through free FWC Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics

Sessions will include topics on conservation, rods and reels, tackle, baits, rigs, knot tying, habitats, fish handling, best practices and additional resources.


Want to learn how to saltwater fish in Florida? Join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for a series of free Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics for beginner anglers age 16 and older to learn how to saltwater fish and help conserve our marine resources for the future.

Discover the importance of fisheries conservation and stewardship through the fun and exciting sport of fishing! You'll be taught basic fishing skills and knowledge that can be used, shared and built upon for a lifetime of catching Florida memories with those you love.

Fishing clinic sessions will prepare you for a day out on the water to enjoy the amazing variety of saltwater fishing opportunities Florida has to offer. Sessions will include topics on conservation, rods and reels, tackle, baits, rigs, knot tying, habitats, fish handling, best practices and additional resources.

Registration is required and must be completed two days prior to the session date. Participation is limited to 50 anglers per course; anglers who register after the 50-person limit has been reached will be put on a waiting list. Anglers must use Microsoft Teams to participate.

Ready to dive into a course on saltwater fishing? Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics are offered as a course that includes seven separate 1-hour sessions held every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET for seven consecutive weeks. Anglers must be able to attend all seven sessions. Each course has the same content, so anglers only need to register for one course. Those who attend a course will receive a free starter tackle box.

Register for a Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinic seven-week course:



  • Jan. 19 (includes seven sessions)


  • March 9 (includes seven sessions)


  • April 27 (includes seven sessions)




Don't have enough time to commit to a seven-week course? Participate in our Mini Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics instead and you'll learn about saltwater fishing and conservation in a bite-size format to fit your busy schedule. These 90-minute virtual events will be held once a month on a Thursday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. ET. Each session has the same content, so anglers only need to register for one single session.

Register for a Mini Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinic session:



  • Jan. 28 (single session)


  • Feb. 25 (single session)


  • March 25 (single session)


  • April 22 (single session)


  • May 13 (single session)


  • June 10 (single session)




Can't carve out time to participate in either format right now? Don't worry, later this year we'll post videos of these virtual clinics on our webpage so you can take the course sessions at a time and pace that works best for you.

Have questions? Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click “Virtual Saltwater Fishing Clinics” under Get Involved or contact Marine@MyFWC.com to learn more.




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