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May 16, 2007

Start of National Fishing and Boating Week
Fish for Free in N.H. on June 2

CONCORD, N.H. -- Dust off your fishing gear and head for the river, lake or pond to try your luck on New Hampshire's annual Free Fishing Day -- Saturday, June 2, 2007. State residents -- and nonresidents, too -- can fish any inland water in the Granite State that day without a license. If you're already a licensed fishing fanatic, take advantage of the day to bring along your friends and family and get them hooked on the fun.

Free Fishing Day kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week in New Hampshire (June 2 - 10, 2007), "a week filled with events nationwide giving families a chance to have fun together on the water," says Karina Jolles, New Hampshire Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing program coordinator. "Most people who hook a fish once can hardly wait for the chance to do it again. Free Fishing Day is your chance to give it a try!"

Free Fishing Day is the perfect chance to introduce children to the sport, especially if you angle for something easy to catch, like sunfish, bluegills or yellow perch. "You can have a great day catching these fish," Jolles says. "For just a few dollars, you can buy an inexpensive rod and reel and a few hooks and sinkers to start kids on an activity they can enjoy all their lives." Adults just get one day to fish free, but kids under 16 can fish without a license in New Hampshire throughout the year.

Season dates, limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day. Anglers fishing for brood stock Atlantic salmon in the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers must have a fishing license and a special permit.
For details on fishing rules, consult the 2007 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest (click here and on publication cover), or wherever fishing licenses are sold. The Fish and Game website also has tips on where to fish, tackle to use, lake depths, information on where fish have been stocked, a free weekly email fishing newsletter -- and much more.

The website also has regional fishing guides with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country and southwestern N.H.

If you get hooked on Saturday, it's easy to get your license online at www.FishNH.com or from one of 250 friendly local license agents statewide.

Fish New Hampshire and relax. We have what you're looking for.

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:30 radio spot
Air through June 2, 2007

RADIO PSA - Free Fishing Day

Remember the fun you used to have going fishing? Get hooked again! Saturday, June 2, is "Free Fishing Day" in New Hampshire, when you can fish without a license. Pack up the kids and head out for a relaxing day enjoying New Hampshire's beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Find out more about fishing in the Granite State at FISH NH dot com. Fish New Hampshire and relax - we have what you're looking for.

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