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40+ SC State Parks offer free fishing tackle rentals

CLINTON, S.C. – Did you know you can rent fishing gear from many state parks in South Carolina? The Fishing Tackle Loaner Program allows you to borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes at 42 locations around the state.

You will need to bring your own bait, and make sure you have a fishing license.

“All you have to do is show up to the park and pay the park entrance fee if they have one. Anyone ages 16 and older needs to have a fishing license for fresh water or salt water, depending on where you are,” SCDNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Sarah Chabaane explained. “Bring your own bait, and you can rent some fishing gear for free and go and try it out!”

Chabaane said the program is a great way to try fishing before committing to buying all of the gear. She said many people borrow gear while traveling or when someone is visiting from out of town.

“Fishing is known to be a really relaxing activity. [It offers] good bonding time with friends or family or even just quality alone time to rejuvenate your energy,” she explained.

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