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Amire Moody prepares for a big day of fishing on the Greensville Ruritan Club pond.

Don’t have a fishing license but still looking to throw a line in the water in an effort to snag Big Bubba?

In Virginia you will have that opportunity on the weekend of Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) brings back Free Fishing Days, which took a hit in June due to inclement weather. With Sept. 28 marking National Hunting and Fishing Day, the DGIF thought it would be a great addition to have a Free Fishing Days weekend in Virginia in conjunction with the day.

The two-day weekend gives anglers the opportunity to take a trip to the mountains to hook a trout or two, or head inland to a lake or stream to catch bass and other fish species. Though the public will be able to fish license-free in any Virginia public waters during the Free Fishing Days weekend, the state fishing regulations will still be in effect. The Free Fishing Days do not apply in marine areas or saltwater portions of tidal waters of the coast.

For newcomers to fishing, the DGIF will be on hand for three Sept. 28 Free Fishing Days events. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The DGIF will be at Dorey Park in Henrico County, near Richmond, to give demonstrations and loaner gear. In the Virginia Beach area DGIF will be at Mount Trashmore from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In the northern end of the state DGIF will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burke Lake in Fairfax County.

Whether you are a veteran angler that has an expired fishing license or a novice, DGIF is giving you the opportunity to fish without a license Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Who knows. You might just get hooked and purchase a fishing license and head back to your spot first week in October.