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For Curtis Morrow, Fish-For-Free Day is more than just a chance to make the big catch.

"I was born and raised fishing,” said Morrow, of Erie. “Just coming down here, relaxing, enjoying the sun, enjoying myself, I’m starting the Fourth of July off right."

Morrow was one of many of Pennsylvanians taking advantage of the opportunity to fish without a license for just one day. The move by the commonwealth brought anglers to Dobbins Landing on Friday for the kickoff of the Fourth of July weekend. For some, it was a family event.

"We get out when we can,” said Steve Rizzo, of Harborcreek. “We don't get out as often as we'd like to. But, when it's like this and everyone is off work, everybody comes out and enjoys the sunshine, try to catch some fish."

"I don't have my license and they do, so we're able to all go together and that's really nice,” said Marley Wassell, of Erie. “The kids really enjoy it, especially being the Fourth of July, it's beautiful out. So it's really just a good opportunity for all of us to get together."

It’s the beginning of a three-day weekend for many people around the country, and whether they’re catching some fish or perhaps catching a little bit of sun, they say it's a great opportunity to relax.

"You start hanging around the house all the time, for a two-hour ride to get away, it's really relaxing,” said Ron Dzubinski, of Oakdale, Pa.

Dzubinski is one of tens of thousands who will visit Presque Isle State Park this holiday weekend. He says he the atmosphere is second to none.

"This is the best show in town because the beaches are beautiful, the skies are nothing but blue, the people are so friendly and the price is right, it's free," he said.

Presque Isle is expected to draw more than 100,000 people over the Fourth of July weekend. Friday was also the final scheduled Fish-For-Free Day of 2014.

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