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Fishing Fun and Relaxation for Father’s Day

June 07, 2012

Father’s Day celebrates fathers and their influence on us all. This year, why not avoid the standard gift options and instead explore nature with him through fishing, scheduling a guided fishing trip, or buying him a fishing license?
 
Fishing is a fun and relaxing way to disconnect from everyday worries. Some dads prefer fishing because it offers a time to bond with a loved one or just get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Most dads say that fishing is a great way to relax because it makes them feel good, and a relaxed dad is a happy dad.  
 
Fishing is an easy hobby to learn. Local bait and tackle shops offer a wealth of knowledge and advice, and some even offer fishing classes. The Internet is a great resource as well.  For example, the Basic Fishing handbook from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is available as a free download in the fishing section of www.outdooralabama.com. 
 
If dad is a novice angler, pamper him with a guided fishing trip for Father’s Day. Guided trips allow anglers to fish with the least worry. Guides can be found on online, by contacting a tourism agency, or through a local chamber of commerce. If you don’t want the experience of fishing from a boat, a list of freshwater bank fishing options is available in the fishing section of the ADCNR website at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/. 
 
If you desire to fish from a boat, rentals are available at many Alabama reservoirs, state public fishing lakes, and various state parks. Alabamians operating a motorized watercraft, including those with just a trolling motor, are required to have an Alabama boater’s license. 
 
A fishing license for Father’s Day is also a great gift idea.  The license will represent a desire to fish with him in the future. If the angler happens to be 64 years old, the gift of a fishing license can be a special memory. Anglers buying a license at age 64 automatically receive a special lifetime license for the price of the regular Alabama resident license fee of $12.10.  Lifetime licenses are also available to younger anglers; prices vary by age.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.OutdoorAlabama.com. 
 
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