NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is an avid fisherman and is hoping to get more New Yorkers hooked on the sport.

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Through legislation, he’s angling to hugely increase the number of free fishing clinics in the state.

“We have a terrific fishery in New York state, from the tip of Long Island all the way to Buffalo, and these free clinics will allow both DEC and fish & game clubs to offer these clinics without the necessity of getting licenses for people who want to participate,” said Joe Martens, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

There will be lessons in flies, flycasting, bait, and hooks, as well as more subtle topics.

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“To teach people about how to read a body of water, where to look for habitat for fish, so that they can be more successful at it,” said Martens.

Sport fishing is an $1.8 billion business in New York.

Martens says he thinks it would be great if the clinics upped the number of people fishing by 5 percent.

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