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Gone fishin’: This is the best place to fish or boat in Georgia

One of the best places to drop a fishing line is just a weekend drive from Atlanta, according to a new ranking.

Lake Patrick, a South Georgia lake known for its largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill, was named one of the "2017 Best Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat" by Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, a national nonprofit geared toward increasing participation in recreational fishing and boating.

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Lake Patrick was the only Georgia body of water listed this year, along with dozens of fishing holes from almost every state. Rather than compiling the list from a public vote, as the foundation has done in years past, this year’s list was curated by celebrities, like Georgia’s own Luke Bryan; fishing pros; and federal and state representatives. RBFF  releases the ranking in tandem with National Fishing and Boating Week each year.

"Fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity among adults and by providing events and resources during National Fishing and Boating Week, we hope everyone from curious beginners to experienced anglers and boaters will feel inspired to get out on the water," Frank Peterson, RBFF President and CEO, said in an online statement. "It's already been a great year for fishing and boating, with big growth in participation among young people, and we want to keep that momentum going and reach our goal of 60 million anglers by 2021."

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For more on Free Fishing Days and free kids events offered during National Fishing and Boating Week, visit: www.georgiawildlife.com.

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