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Reeling in Fun

June 2, 2003

Albany - Whether sitting on the bank of a river or casting from an outfitted boat, fisherman continue to flock to Georgia's waterways each year. This is National Fishing Week. And, the Department of Natural Resources wants you to take advantage of a pastime everyone can enjoy.

Ronny Coston is a regular fisherman at the Lake Chehaw Dam. "I'm still a pole fisherman. I keep it simple. I just like to relax and enjoy the day." His love for fishing started year ago. "My dad taught me how to fish when I was a young boy. I've been going ever since."

"I enjoying spending time with my friends. This is my therapy for me," said Coston.

"Fishing is very popular in South Georgia and throughout the state," said Fisheries Biologist Rob Weller. Weller says fish are one of Georgia's most precious resources with bass, crappie, bream, and catfish thriving in state waters. "Fishing is important for the ecosystem. It allows surviving fish to spawn, grow larger, and healthier."

A fishing license cost $9 a year. There are more than 1,000,000 licensed anglers in the state, so Georgia is reeling in some big bucks. "Fishing generates nearly a billion dollars each year," said Weller.

Money well spent for a few good fish stories. "I don't have any good stories, but I do have a few lies."

You can fish without a license this Saturday, June 7th, as part of a statewide free fishing day.

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