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NATURE NOTE: Cane poles and worms

A big investment is hardly required of beginning fresh water anglers, says Tom Champeau, a regional fisheries biologist with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.

You need a license, but not a boat.

"You can get started fishing with cane poles and some worms for just a few dollars," Champeau says in a news release promoting the sport. "There are most likely places nearby that you can easily fish from the bank."

The fish commission recommends 20 such bank locations throughout the state, and two are on the North Suncoast: Crews Lake and Middle Lake, both in Pasco County. Also on the list: Edward Medard Reservoir in Hillsborough County, and Lake Seminole and Lake Tarpon in Pinellas County.

Champeau suggests first-time anglers pick up a copy of the Fresh Water Sport Fishing Guide & Regulations Summary, available at tax collectors offices and wherever licenses are sold. For more information, call (813) 648-3202.

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