The Turtle Hospital is on hand.

On Jan. 18, the first 2020 Fishing Fun event took place at Crane Point Museum. The event, organized by the City of Marathon Parks and Recreation department, introduced beginners to the sport of fishing.

Learning centers run by the Marathon Wild Bird Center and the Turtle Hospital were a big part of this event, teaching budding anglers how to keep birds and turtles safe when fishing.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was also on-site with information on safe and legal fishing. Local and snowbird fishermen, as well as some local high school youths, discussed bait types, what is in their tackle box, and how to bait hooks with live and frozen shrimp.

The catch-and-release event was made possible through contributions from the Fish Florida organization (, which donated 100 tackle boxes and fishing poles; the Organized Fishermen of Florida-Marathon Chapter, which made a cash donation to purchase bait and rigging needs; Publix, for providing snacks; and numerous avid fishermen.

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